ASUNCION - Former Paraguay striker Salvador
Cabanas, shot in the head in a Mexico City bar a year ago,
trained on Thursday with a first division team for the first
since the incident.
Cabanas, who was a leading player with Mexico's America at
the time and missed last year's World Cup in South Africa,
turned out for practice with Paraguayan champions Libertad.
"It's an honour to have him with us. We want to do
everything we can to help him in his recovery," Libertad's
Uruguayan coach Gregorio Perez said, adding it would also be a
motivating factor for his squad.
"We're prepared to have him with us daily... It's important
for his recovery to participate," Perez told Primero de Marzo
Cabanas was shot in an alleged argument over his form and
that of America in the Mexican league. He survived the attack
but still has the bullet lodged in his brain.
He was moved from a Mexico City hospital after a month to a
Buenos Aires clinic where he stayed for several months'
treatment before returning home to Paraguay.
The 30-year-old agreed financial terms for an end to his
contract with America recently after drawn-out negotiations that
went to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Mexican authorities announced last month that they had
captured Jose Jorge Balderas, who had been on the run and was
suspected of the Cabanas shooting.
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