Cabanas stable after shooting

MEXICO CITY - Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas, who was shot in a bar in Mexico City, is stable but his health is still very delicate, his doctor said on Tuesday.

"The situation is favorable, it remains serious," said Dr. Ernesto Martinez, who operated on Cabanas after the player was shot in the head on Monday. Martinez said the next few hours would be crucial to giving doctors a better idea of his health.

Cabanas, 29, who was expected to help spearhead the Paraguay attack at this year's World Cup, was possibly involved in a fight before the pre-dawn shooting that lodged a bullet in the back part of his head, Mexico City's top prosecutor said.

The shooting happened around 5 a.m. in the bathroom of a bar in an upscale neighborhood in the Mexican capital, which is plagued by violent crime.

Cabanas plays for Mexican club side America and was Paraguay's top scorer in the qualifying competition for the World Cup in South Africa with six goals.

Paraguay will meet Italy, Slovakia and New Zealand in Group F.