The agent of Salvador Cabanas revealed the player was on the verge of joining Premiership club Sunderland before he was shot in the head outside a bar in Mexico. The move, which would have taken the Paraguayan striker across the continent from Mexican club America in January fell through after the shooting, and for a while there were doubts whether Cabanas would even survive. His chances were set at only 20%, but he managed to battle through.

America were even already looking for a replacement player, and Cabanas was set to make his Premiership debut on the shoulders of high expectations. He has proven to be one of the best strikers in North America, and was on course to help Paraguay in the World Cup this summer.

The good news for the player is that he is recovering at the hospital and has been told he has a chance of taking part in the tournament. Although he has been reported to be suffering from amnesia, he is conscious and able to speak. His injury will heal, but the question is whether he can overcome this horrific event and regain the mental fortitude that is often what separates average from great players.

Sunderland have meanwhile revealed they are still monitoring his progress, and if all goes well he may still be set for a move in the summer. For now, all we can wish is a speedy recovery for Cabanas, and we hope to see him at the World Cup.


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