Pablo Mari: The soccer star has undergone surgery to rebuild his back muscles after being stabbed in an attack in Italy


Arsenal defender Pablo Mari, currently on loan at Italian club AC Monza, says he was “lucky” after being injured in a stabbing in Italy on Thursday.

One person was killed and four others were injured in the attack on the outskirts of Milan, according to the Italian national police.

“A mentally unstable man decided to stab people. One person has died and four are now injured,” said a police spokesman.

Mari was not seriously injured in the attack but was taken to hospital. He underwent surgery on Friday to “reconstruct the two injured muscles” in his back, according to AC Monza.

Italian channel La Gazzetta dello Sport said the club’s CEO Adriano Galliani visited Mari in hospital.

It was reported that Mari told Galliani and head coach Raffaele Palladino that she was pushing a pram with her baby when she felt “excruciating pain in her back”.

Pablo Mari says he was “lucky”. He said exactly that word to me,” Galliani told reporters outside the hospital. “I was ‘lucky’ today because he saw someone else die.”

AC Monza gave an update on Mari’s condition on Friday, confirming that the operation went as planned.

“The operation went well and a stay of two or three days in the hospital is expected. After discharge, the player will have the opportunity to begin a path of rehabilitation,” says a statement.

“This type of muscle injury usually requires two months of rest before resuming physical activity.”

CNN affiliate SkyTG24 reported Thursday that AC Monza had asked to postpone Monday’s game against Bologna. Serie A confirmed the reports and told CNN it would make a decision later on Friday.

According to SkyTG24, club CEO Galliani told reporters outside the hospital that the team is “in shock”.

“We have a cohesive and united locker room where everyone is friends. Everyone was crying last night,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mari’s parent club Arsenal said it was “shocked” to hear the news.

“Our thoughts are with Pablo and the other victims of this horrific incident,” the club said in a statement.