Shot in the head striker shows signs of re­cov­ery

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODHANGOUTS -

MEX­ICO CITY: Doc­tors try­ing to save the life of foot­baller Sal­vador Ca­banas say the Paraguayan has be­gun to move his ex­trem­i­ties – a sign that he has brain func­tion af­ter be­ing shot in the head in a Mex­ico City bar.

Dr En­rique Martinez said Ca­banas' con­di­tion had slowly be­gun to im­prove and brain swelling had gone down.

Ca­banas, who was shot just be­fore dawn on Mon­day, plays for Mex­i­can club Amer­ica and is also a top scorer for the Paraguay na­tional team, which will play at the World Cup in South Africa this year.

“He's be­gun to move con­stantly,” Martinez said. “He's mov­ing his ex­trem­i­ties, and th­ese vol­un­tary move­ments are very good be­cause it has to do with brain func­tion. Sal­vador con­tin­ues in a del­i­cate stage, but his life signs are bet­ter and the brain swelling has be­gun to do down.”

On Thurs­day the news­pa­pers 'Record' and 'Re­forma', quot­ing records they said came from pros­e­cu­tor's doc­u­ments, said a bar-clean­ing em­ployee tes­ti­fied the shoot­ing took place af­ter Ca­banas got into an ar­gu­ment with the prime sus­pect in the case. That sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Jose Balderas Garza, has re­port­edly not been de­tained. He was iden­ti­fied on the bar's sur­veil­lance cam­eras.

Ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­pers, Balderas Garza told Ca­banas he had not been scor­ing enough goals with Amer­ica. Ca­banas was put off by the com­ments, and the shoot­ing in the bath­room fol­lowed.

Ca­banas' agent, Jose Maria Gon­za­lez, was crit­i­cal po­lice had not ar­rested the sus­pect. “As long as they don't find this in­di­vid­ual, we can't feel safe in Mex­ico,” he said.

Hours af­ter the shoot­ing on Mon­day, sur­geons at­tempted to re­move a bul­let lodged in Ca­banas’ skull but de­cided the op­er­a­tion was too risky.

Ca­banas has played in Mex­ico since 2003 and has scored 125 goals in 218 matches.

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