Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas has been released from hospital after he was shot in the head last month in a bar in Mexico City.
Cabanas, who was expected to lead the Paraguay forward line in this summer's World Cup, will now attend a rehabilition centre for the next 13 weeks to continue his recuperation. He can still only walk a few steps at a time and his speech is limited.
Despite leaving intensive care last month, Cabanas will remain under close medical supervision in an upscale suburb of Mexico City.
The Club America player, who was shot at point-blank range, still has the bullet lodged in his head with surgeons deciding it is too risky to remove it.
"After today's evaluation, the doctor determined that Cabanas is in condition to leave the hospital to begin the next steps of his recuperation." Club America said in a statement.
"He was transferred yesterday but we didn't want Salvador to be hounded by all of you because he becomes nervous," surgeon Martinez Duhart said at a press conference. "He knows he is Salvador Cabanas and that he is a footballer, he recognises his parents and calls them by their name, but then he doesn't remember what he had for breakfast or what he did yesterday.
"We can't say that he is well yet, nor that his situation is permanent because neurological recovery can last one, two or three years. he's doing well but we have to wait for what the recovery of his functions will show us." Cabanas had gained the attention of several English clubs, including Sunderland, and was a key player in Paraguay's qualification campaign.
In his absence Paraguay will face world champions Italy, Slovakia and New Zealand in World Cup Group F, but it remains unclear whether Cabanas will return to football.