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Soccer: Rossi should not need knee operation

Boost for Italy striker's hopes of returning for World Cup

29 January, 11:25
Soccer: Rossi should not need knee operation (ANSA) - Florence, January 29 - Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi's hopes of returning in time to take part in Italy's World Cup campaign have been boosted by examinations that suggest he will not need surgery on a knee injury. Rossi, Serie A's top scorer with 14 goals, damaged ligaments in his right knee in fourth-placed Fiorentina's first game after Serie A's Christmas break - a 1-0 win over Tuscan rivals Livorno.

It was the same knee he suffered two cruciate ligament injuries in, sidelining him for two years between 2011 and 2013.

"The medical examination carried out on Giuseppe Rossi by professor Richard Steadman (in the United States) a short time ago revealed that the player's knee is showing a good level of stability following his recent injury," read a statement posted late on Tuesday on Fiorentina's website.

"The striker will proceed with his programme of conservative therapy aimed at facilitating neuromotor recovery over the next two months, then undergo further tests before continuing his rehabilitation on the field".

The 26-year-old is Italy coach Cesare Prandelli's first-choice partner up front for AC Milan's Mario Balotelli.

Prandelli has said he will wait as long as possible to have Rossi in his squad for this summer's tournament in Brazil. "I hope to get Giuseppe Rossi back because he's unique in his role," the Azzurri boss said this week.