Essendon Football Club wishes to advise Nathan Lovett-Murray has been released from hospital this afternoon after having minor surgery on his arm.

Essendon club doctor Bruce Reid said the injury could have been much worse.

“Nathan’s injury was sustained to the inner side of his bicep muscle,” Reid said.

“It is a dangerous area of the body as there are a number of nerves and tendons around the bicep but fortunately he has avoided serious injury.”

“He did cut the artery in his arm and as a result has lost a fair bit of blood.”

“Most importantly, Nathan will make a full recovery and is expected to resume training next week,” he said.

Lovett-Murray has thanked family, friends and the football community for their messages of support.

"Thank you to everyone for all the support, I am very grateful for all the well wishes,” Lovett-Murray said.

“All is well, I’m feeling good and I will now rest up for the next few days and look forward to getting back to training early next week."

Essendon CEO Ian Robson said Lovett-Murray was the victim of an unprovoked attack.

“Nathan was set upon by two men and defending himself and his girlfriend when the altercation occurred,” Robson said

“Nathan is a much-loved and much-respected member of the Essendon Football Club and the wider community.”

“Victoria Police is investigating the matter and the club is not in a position to make any further comment about the incident.”

The club requests privacy for Nathan and his family during this time.