Former Portsmouth striker Dario Silva is in a stable condition after having part of his right leg amputated following a car crash in Uruguay.
Silva is in a stable condition
Silva was driving in Montevideo on Sunday when he lost control and hit a column of street lights.
La Espanola hospital doctor Mario Cancela said: "We believe he will make a successful recovery.
"Silva is stable and lucid and asked about the accident. This is encouraging from a neurological point of view."
Dr Cancela added: "He is heading in the right direction."
Following the accident Silva was placed in a medically-induced coma which was followed by the amputation.
Former Uruguay internationals Elbio Pappa and Dardo Pereira were also in the car but suffered minor injuries.
Silva was a member of Uruguay's 2002 World Cup squad and played 49 matches for his country, scoring 15 goals.
The striker left Portsmouth by mutual consent in February and was not attached to another club at the time of the accident.