Football star Pablo Mari recovers after stabbing Italian supermarket

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MILAN — Monza footballer Pablo Mari faces around two months out of action after surgery on Friday for injuries sustained when he was stabbed along with five other people at a supermarket near Milan.

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One person was killed in Thursday’s attack, a 47-year-old Bolivian national who worked at a supermarket in a shopping center in the city of Assago, Italian Carabinieri police said. Another employee was injured along with four customers, including Mari.

Niguarda Hospital in Milan said on Friday its trauma team performed surgery to reconstruct two injured muscles in Mari’s back.

The operation went well and the defender is expected to stay in hospital for two or three days, he added, adding that he will be able to start a rehabilitation process immediately afterwards.

“This type of muscle injury usually requires two months of rest before you can resume physical activities,” he said.

A 46-year-old suspect was arrested after the attack at a Carrefour supermarket but the motive was unclear, the carabinieri said.

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They said on Thursday evening that the suspect was mentally ill and was being watched in a psychiatric ward.

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According to newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, one of the first people to intervene to block the striker was former Napoli, Inter Milan and Bologna footballer Massimo Tarantino, who was also in the supermarket.

Monza have asked the Italian football league to postpone their Serie A home game against Bologna scheduled for Monday as the team are “in a state of total shock”, Monza chief executive Adriano Galliani has said.

Newly promoted Monza, owned by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is currently 15th in the 20-team league.

Mari, a 29-year-old Spanish centre-back, is on loan at Monza from Premier League side Arsenal.

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