Monza Soccer Player Pablo Marí Out Two Months To Recover From Italy Knife Attack

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Monza soccer player Pablo Marí will require two months of recovery time after undergoing surgery to treat a back and mouth injury he sustained from a knife attack in Italy. Marí is a Spanish soccer player that is on loan from Arsenal to play with Monza.

The medical procedure involved repairing two muscles that were torn when the player was stabbed. Monza announced that Marí’s operation was a complete success, and he would be spending an additional three days healing up in Milan’s Niguarda Hospital.

Monza CEO Adriano Galliani reportedly requested that Monday’s game against Bologna be postponed on the count of the team being “shocked” at learning the news of the player’s injury. The 29-year-old considers himself fortunate to be alive today.

The stabbing incident occurred on Thursday when a 46-year-old reportedly grabbed a knife from the shelf of a supermarket and attacked several people. An employee of the supermarket was killed during the tragedy, in addition to four others being injured in the attack.

“We are all shocked to hear the dreadful news about the stabbing in Italy, which has put a number of people in hospital including our on-loan center-back Pablo Marí,” read an Arsenal club statement. After the suspect was taken into custody, the police ruled out the possibility of the incident being related to terrorism. The attacker is reportedly suspected of having mental disorders.

“Pablo is a great kid,” Galliani said when recalling his visit with Marí at the hospital. “He had the strength to joke around, telling me that Monday he’ll be on the field. I brought him well wishes from President Berlusconi and all of his teammates.”

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