01/20/2012 11:26 EST | Updated 03/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas eyes comeback after Mexico City bar shooting

ASUNCION, Paraguay - Two years after he was shot in the head at close range in a Mexico City bar, former Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas is set to attempt a comeback with third-division Paraguay club 12 de Octobre.

Club President Luis Salinas has said he is seeking approval from Cabanas' doctors and will eventually contact Mexico club America about a transfer.

Cabanas, who was playing with America at the time, miraculously survived the shooting on Jan. 25, 2010, in a bar in an upscale neighbourhood in the Mexican capital. A bullet fragment is still lodged in his skull, which doctors decided was too risky to remove.

As part of his therapy, the 31-year-old has trained with the national team, but few expected him to return to the pitch — certainly not at his previous level.