Honduran midfielder Jorge Claros has been shot in the head when thieves attempted to steal his car in his native country.
The 25-year old Motagua man, who had become a transfer target for Celtic, cheated death when the bandits tried to hijack his vehicle in a petrol station.
The gun shots grazed his head and shoulders and he was amazingly able to rush himself to hospital despite the fact his wife and a friend were also in the car.
One report stated: "Dr Oscar Benitez, who has been treating Claros, said on Wednesday that the player's wounds were not life-threatening.
"He received gunshot grazing to the head but could recover within three weeks."
Meanwhile, Motagua director Pedro Atala said that Claros, a former teammate of Hoops star Emilio Izaguirre, was now recovering well.
"Thanks to God, Jorge is doing well," he said.
"This is an everyday occurrence that players in our country have been targeted by thieves. Unfortunately he will miss the kick-off of the season.
"These aggressive attacks have to stop."