The former Sheffield Wednesday striker Darko Kovacevic has survived a shooting attempt in Athens, according to Zougla.gr.
It is claimed the 46-year-old was shot at on at least one occasion while standing outside his home in the suburb of Glyfada.
Kovacevic is then said to have been taken to hospital with an injury caused ‘not by a bullet, but his attempt to avoid the shooter by falling’.
Describing the incident, Kovacevic told Zougla.gr: “I saw a man get out of a car with a gun outstretched and come towards me. I instinctively leaned to the right and then he shot me and then ran, got into the vehicle and disappeared.”
The perpetrator’s car was later found burnt out with a weapon inside around a kilometre from where the attack took place, according to Zougla.gr.
Police are said to be considering whether the shooter’s intent was to kill the Serbian, or to simply send him a message.
Kovacevic cost Wednesday a reported fee of £2.5 million from Red Star Belgrade in January 1996, but left for a similar amount to Real Sociedad six months later.
The former Yugoslavia international scored just four goals in 16 games for the Owls but enjoyed success elsewhere with La Real (twice), Juventus and Olympiacos.