Stabbed Mari feels ‘fine’ after surgery

Pablo Mari says he and his family are “all right” after the Arsenal defender was stabbed to death in a supermarket in Milan, giving him a chance to be alive.

The 29-year-old Spaniard, currently on loan for a season at Monza, will spend “two or three days” recovering at the Italian city’s Niguarda hospital after a successful operation to rebuild two damaged back muscles.

Mari – now stopped for at least two months – was one of the five victims of a knife attack on Thursday evening in a Carrefour supermarket in Assago, near Milan.

Alexandre Bompard, CEO of the Carrefour chain, revealed on Twitter that “one of our employees tragically died of his injuries”.

A sixth person was treated for shock after the attack, reportedly in Italy.

Former Manchester City defender Mari took to Twitter to post a photo with his wife on Friday afternoon, thanking the fans for their posts.

“After the difficult time we went through yesterday, my family and I want to say that luckily we are all fine despite the circumstances and we want to thank you for all the messages of support and love we have received,” she said.

Mari was previously quoted by the Gazzetta dello Sport saying: “Today I was lucky because I saw a person die in front of me”.

The Italian newspaper said Mari was shopping with her wife and son – who was on a trolley – at the supermarket when she felt pain in her back.

He then saw the assailant, later arrested by police and identified as a 46-year-old man, stab another person in the throat.

Local reports say any terrorist motives for the attack were ruled out, with mental health issues being seen as a factor.

A note from Monza on Friday reads: “The specialists of the General Surgery and Traumatology team of the Niguarda Hospital in Milan operated this morning a surgery to reconstruct two injured back muscles of Pablo Mari.

“The operation went well and a two or three day hospitalization is expected. After his release, the player will be able to start a rehabilitation process. This type of muscle injury usually requires two months of rest before it can resume its activities. physicist.”

Corriere della Sera says former Napoli and Inter player Massimo Tarantino was among those who immobilized and disarmed the striker, with the 51-year-old quoted by the newspaper saying: “I’m not a hero. I didn’t do anything. special”.

Mari joined Arsenal from Brazilian club Flamengo in January 2020 and played 19 times for the Gunners before moving on loan to Italy in August.

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