Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi admits he is targeting a return to the Italian national side following his injury nightmare.
The striker has been sidelined for much of the last two seasons after snapping the same knee ligaments twice.
Rossi, who joined the Viola in January from Villarreal, is now looking to the future with optimism after featuring in the last game of the 2012-13 Serie A campaign.
“The national team jersey is a shirt that I’m very attached to,” the forward, who last played for the Azzurri in October 2011, told Sky Sport Italia.
“I hope to return to the squad soon, I’m training hard for that,” added the scorer of six goals in 27 caps. “That is my dream.
“I’ve faced a lot of difficulties, as you all know, but one has to look to get through these moments with the help of your family.
“I’m doing that. On a footballing level, I’m slowly, slowly returning to the player I was two years ago, but I’ll need time and a lot more training. I’m happy, though, with how things are going.
“I’ve certainly grown as a footballer, but especially as a man. Bad things happen in life, but you need to react in the right way and that is what I am trying to do.
“I’ve beaten the fear. I’ve received a nice knock to my knee already, so I know that I have overcome the problem.”