Giuseppe Rossi has been handed a huge blow with the news that his recovery from a second knee ligament injury could take as long as 10 months.
The 25-year-old striker saw his hopes of involvement with Italy at Euro 2012 end 10 days ago after he suffered a recurrence of the same injury he had seemingly just recovered from.
Having been in training for the previous month after a five-month lay-off after knee ligament damage sustained in October, the player suffered the same injury again.
Rossi changed surgeons and underwent an operation last Friday under the knife of famed knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman in the US, with the player initially expected to be facing six months out, as he had done previously.
However, part of Dr Steadman’s recovery from this latest version of the injury will reportedly require the footballer to undergo a second operation in four months time, before then starting a six-month period of recuperation on the sidelines after that.