Olympiacos striker Alan Pulido has been returned to his family.

Mexico striker Alan Pulido rescued after kidnapping

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Mexico international Alan Pulido has been rescued hours after he was kidnapped, according to his club.

The 25-year-old Olympiacos striker was apparently taken on Saturday night in north-east Mexico but has now been released.

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The club wrote on Twitter: "Alan is safe and healthy with his family. We thank each and everyone of you for your concern and prayers in these difficult times."

Six masked men reportedly took the striker away on Saturday night while his girlfriend was left unharmed in a car park where the incident took place.

Pulido joined Olympiacos last July and scored six goals in 15 games last season.

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He was part of Mexico's squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but was not called up for this summer's Copa America.

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