Mid-Day Ticker: Rossi out 10 months, Pizarro denies deal, and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Rossi out 10 months, Pizarro denies deal, and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Rossi out 10 months, Pizarro denies deal, and more

Giuseppe Rossi (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Giuseppi Rossi's injury is worse than originally feared.

After being projected to miss another six months with the torn ACL he suffered earlier this month, Rossi is now being ruled out for 10 months. The Italian international needs two surgeries to repair the damaged ligament in his right knee, but the latest timetable for recovery means Rossi will miss most of next season.

The 25-year-old Villarreal forward already had one procedure done on him in the United States last Friday, and he will now need to recover for four months before having a second operation that will keep him out of action an additional six months. 

Rossi has been plagued with injuries in recent months. He suffered a knee injury six months ago, only to return and suffer this knock in one of his first training sessions back.

Here are more stories from Monday:

PIZARRO DENIES AGREEMENT WITH BAYERN

Werder Bremen forward Claudio Pizarro's future with the club is up in the air, but the Peruvian international is denying that he has agreed to join Bayern Munich after this season ends. Pizarro said he does not know where he will be playing next season, though he continues to be heavily linked with a return to Bayern Munich. Pizzaro, who has scored 16 Bundesliga goals this campaign, previously played for Bayern Munich from 2001-2007.

MALESANI FIRED AGAIN BY GENOA

It is not uncommon to see teams fire multiple head coaches in one season. Just ask Alberto Malesani, who was fired for the second time this campaign by the same team. Malesani was let go by Genoa after the Italian club fell to Senia, 4-1, in a match that was suspended for 45 minutes early in the second half due to protests from upset Genoa fans. Malesani was rehired earlier this month after getting fired in December following a 6-1 loss to Napoli.

ALMUNIA READY TO LEAVE ARSENAL

Manuel Almunia is ready to end his time with Arsenal. The 34-year-old goalkeeper revealed he wants to make a move to a new club this offseason, but he prefers it to be a London-based team. Almunia, who has made 175 appearances for Arsenal, fell behind Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski in the goalkeeper depth chart this season.

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What do you think of Rossi being ruled out 10 months? Expect Pizarro to wind up with Bayern when it is all said and done? Hoping Malesani gets rehired and then fire by Genoa again for a hattrick performance of firings?

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