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Salvador Cabanas, right, was Paraguay's top scorer in the World Cup qualifiers, with six goals, and scored crucial goals in big wins over Brazil and Chile. He's made tremendous progress since being shot in the head two and a half months ago. ((PABLO BURGOS/AFP/Getty Images))

Paraguay soccer player Salvador Cabanas, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head sustained two months ago, has been out taking free kicks and shooting baskets in a rehabilitation clinic in Buenos Aires.

Neurologist Celso Fretes, hired by the Paraguay federation to aid Cabanas, says he was with the player this week and watched him take free kicks from 15 yards out.

Cabanas, who was expected to be a star on Paraguay's World Cup team in South Africa, was shot in the head at point-blank range on Jan. 25 in a Mexico City bar. Surgeons elected to leave the bullet fragment lodged in his skull, deciding it was too dangerous to remove it.