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

Giuseppe Rossi (Getty Images)


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:


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.


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.


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.


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?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Dimidri

    No way! An Italian-American hasn’t totally jettisoned his American side? Crazy. You reduce dual-nationality to something it’s not, the oft-quoted ‘I’m American in everything but football’ is drastically taken out of context(Grant Wahl has mentioned this before). Yes, he likes going back to Jersey, he grew up there. He is allowed to be Italian AND American.


  • mlser

    Bayern do not need Pizzaro! Why would they sign a 33-34 year old striker?? Look for the future, not retirees.


  • julio

    You are so lame, you keep using the word “Troll” as if it was something new. Word was used 5 years ago in Social network sites, get with it loser.

    On Rossi, the only reason why I dislike the guy is because of the way he celebrated against his country of birth and then calling himself an American. He should look at Owen Hargraves, who said he would never celebrate a goal against his nation of birth just as other players who have chosen to play for another country. But now this guy wanted to be a Troll (here is a good insert) and fit in with his team and against a country that gave him freedom till his teenage years and a good life style. You tell me how you would not dislike a traitor like this???


  • Dr Tom Jeffferson, UVA

    God speed, Joe Cool.

    Ever wish you had an undo button?

    Was this injury bad-luck or not rehabbing longer?

    I think desire and pressures to get back on the field makes players very, very susceptible second injuries.

    This is not uncommon.

    In which country was his first surgery?


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