Pablo Marí: Stabbed Arsenal defender faced two months after surgery

Pablo Mari, image playing for Monza
Marí joined Italian side Monza on long-term loan from Arsenal in August

Arsenal’s Pablo Marí said he felt “lucky” to have survived a life-threatening injury after being stabbed and witnessed “a person die in front of me” in an Italian supermarket.

Milan’s Niguarda Hospital performed surgery to reconstruct two injured muscles in Marí’s back.

Italy’s Carabinieri police say a 47-year-old supermarket worker was killed in Thursday’s attack in Milan.

Another employee was injured along with four customers, including Marí.

The 29-year-old, on loan at Monza from Arsenal, was walking around the supermarket with his wife and son when he was stabbed in the back, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

“After the difficult moment we went through yesterday, both me and my family would like to announce that fortunately we are all fine no matter the circumstances,” Mari wrote on Twitter this afternoon. Friday, along with a photo from his hospital bed.

“We want to thank all of the messages of support and love we are receiving.

“Also, we would like to send our condolences and all our strength to the family and friends of the bereaved, and we sincerely wish all those injured a speedy recovery as soon as possible. “

Monza said Marí’s surgery went well, adding that he will stay in the hospital for two or three days before starting the rehabilitation process.

“This type of muscle injury usually requires two months of rest before physical activities can be resumed,” the club said.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported that former Napoli player Massimo Tarantino was among those who immobilized and disarmed the attacker before police arrived.

“I’m not a hero. I didn’t do anything special,” said Tarantino, 51.

Monza chief executive Adriano Galliani said the club had asked the Italian football federation to postpone Monday’s Serie A match at home against Bologna scheduled for Monday because the team “is in a state of disrepair”. utter shock”.

“I am satisfied with the outcome of the surgery, but we asked to postpone the next match,” Galliani told Gazzetta.

“Last night our players cried. The boys are in shock. We don’t know if our request will be accepted or not.”

Marí joined Arsenal from Brazil’s Flamengo in January 2020 and played 19 times for the Gunners before joining Udinese on loan at the start of the year.

He was then loaned out to newly promoted Monza in August.

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