Paraguayan World Cup Forward Shot in Head

Less than five months before the opening game of the 2010 World Cup, the Paraguayan side has suffered a tragic setback.

Salvador Cabanas, a star forward on the Paraguayan national team who also plays for Mexico's Club America, was shot in the head on Monday in the bathroom of a bar in Mexico City. Club America president Michael Bauer told the Televisa network that Cabanas was conscious after being rushed to a hospital, and was undergoing surgery to remove the bullet.

The 29-year-old striker has been a star in the Mexican league since 2003, amassing 125 goals in 218 games.  He was named the South American soccer player of the year by the Uruguayan newspaper El Pais in 2007, and owns numerous scoring marks in the Mexican and Chilean leagues.

Details of the shooting are not yet known, but Mexico City District Attorney Angel Mancera indicated that two suspects have been taken into custody.

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