Sunderland target Salvador Cabañas shot in the head

Posted by - January 26, 2010 - South America, Sunderland

Paraguay striker attacked in Mexico City bar

Club America striker Salvador Cabañas, a transfer window target for Steve Bruce’s Sunderland, has been shot in the head in a bar in Mexico City. The Paraguay international has undergone seven hours of emergency surgery and is now in a critical but stable condition in intensive care.

Surgeon Dr Ernesto Martinez performed the operation and said he was unable to remove the bullet from the 29-year-old’s brain.

He said: “We would do more damage if we tried to extract it. We cannot be assured that he is out of danger. He is however young and healthy and that helps.”

Cabañas was shot in the toilets of the popular Big Bar. The motive for the attack is not yet known.

Earlier this month, Steve Bruce said: He said: “I’ve monitored Cabanas. He’s a fantastic player and whether a deal is possible for him, I don’t know.

“He’s somebody who would be of interest to us but I’m sure if he became available, there would be a lot more clubs interested too.”

The striker has bagged 18 goals in 24 games this season.