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Paraguayan footballer in serious condition after attack

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paraguayan international Salvador Cabañas is in a critical condition after being shot in the head in a Mexico City bar.

Cabañas was shot in a pre-dawn attack on Monday at Bar Bar, a popular nightspot in a well-off Mexico City neighborhood.

The 29-year-old América striker was rushed to Los Angeles Pedregal Hospital after the shooting where he underwent emergency surgery under the care of Dr. Ernesto Martinez Duhart.

Dr. Martinez said: "Cabañas arrived in a critical condition with a severe trauma to the cranium.

"We operated on his cranium and stopped the bleeding and the clotting and the brain is in a stable condition.

"The bullet is not removed. It is in the back of the brain, we would do more damage if we tried to extract it.

"Now, we can only wait. We do not know if he can return to a normal life."

There is a long history of violence involving Latin American football players.

In probably the most notorious case, Colombia defender Andrés Escobar was shot and killed in Colombia only days after his own-goal helped the United States defeat the Colombians 2-1 in a major upset at the 1994 World Cup.

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