Spanish footballer Mari released from hospital

The Monza player had been injured in the back during a knife attack by an unbalanced man who injured several people.

Spanish footballer Pablo Mari, injured Thursday in a deadly knife attack by an unbalanced man in an Italian supermarket in Milan (North), was released from hospital on Sunday, his club AC Monza announced.

In a press release, AC Monza explained that Mari « has returned home and will now begin a period of complete rest« .

Touched in the back, the 29-year-old central defender, on loan from Arsenal this summer, had been successfully operated on Friday at Niguarda hospital in Milan after being injured the day before while shopping with his wife and son in a hypermarket .

The player had been hospitalized Thursday evening, conscious and able to speak. He was among several people attacked at a Carrefour hypermarket in Assago, on the outskirts of Milan, by a visibly psychiatrically ill man who grabbed a knife from a shelf and killed an employee, injuring Mari and four others.

The attacker, aged 46, was arrested by the police after being disarmed by a former professional football player, Massimo Tarantino, ex-defender of Napoli and Inter Milan.

AC Monza general manager Adriano Galliani unsuccessfully requested that Monday’s game with Bologna be postponed.

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