Giuseppe Rossi’s hopes of a return to fitness in time to make Italy’s squad for Euro 2012 are over as the Villarreal man seriously re-injures his right knee.
The Italian international, who had established himself as a key member of Cesare Prandelli’s team during qualifying for next summer’s tournament, was on course to make a return to playing in the next few weeks.
Rossi was in the final stages of recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, suffered in October, having recently returned to training. However, a statement released on Villarreal’s website today reports that he has re-injured the joint, again tearing the same ligament.
The 25-year-old, who was heavily linked with a transfer this summer too, will now likely face surgery again, before another six months out of action.
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