Rossi named to Fiorentina squad, could play in first match in 18 months

Rossi named to Fiorentina squad, could play in first match in 18 months

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Rossi named to Fiorentina squad, could play in first match in 18 months

GiuseppeRossi (ESPN)

By DAN KARELL

The long and winding road to recovery is for Giuseppe Rossi is nearly over.

Beset by multiple knee injuries and surgeries, the 26-year-old forward was named on Tuesday to the Fiorentina squad set to face Siena on Wednesday in Serie A action. Rossi moved from relegated Spanish side Villarreal to Florence in a €10 million transfer move last winter.

The last time Rossi played in an official match was October 26, 2011 with Villarreal, in a 3-0 loss to Real Madrid. The Clifton, New Jersey native tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second half, forcing him off the field. In April of 2012 while rehabbing, Rossi again tore the same ligament, keeping him out of Villarreal’s relegation fight and Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.

Now, 18 months after his last competitive game, Rossi is ready to make his Fiorentina debut and put his injury troubles behind him.

What do you make of the news? Happy to see Rossi back on the pitch? See him having any chance of getting called up for Italy in the Confederations Cup this summer?

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