Former Manchester United man Giuseppe Rossi nears comeback after 16-month layoff

Giuseppe Rossi is hoping for a fairytale comeback at Fiorentina, and has moved nearer to that over the past week.

Almost two summers ago, Giuseppe Rossi was strongly linked with a move from Villareal to Barcelona.

The Italian would be right to wish the move had materialised, as ever since he has been beset by poor fortune. 

It began almost instantly, when Villareal's Champions League adventure saw them get off to a start which would end up with zero points from six games.

Midway through that run Rossi tore his anterior cruciate ligament, putting him out of action for several months.

Just as he was about to make his comeback, he was struck by terrible luck - he tore the same ACL - And this time it has taken more than one year to recover.

It means the last time Rossi played a competitive game it was October 2011, although news could be on the up for the former Manchester United youth starlet.

Prior to his injury Rossi was an Italy international who it was hoped was on the cusp of achieving greatness. This convinced Fiorentina to take a gamble on him in January by signing him in a cut-price deal from Villareal; who had since been relegated in his absence.

Last week Rossi returned to light training with Fiorentina, taking part in gym sessions, having previously been recuperating at home in America.

Rossi will fly back to the USA next week to see a specialist, who he hopes will give him the clearance to begin full training again and attempt to relaunch his career.

At 26-years-old he should be approaching his prime, and it is terrible luck that his career has been dealt two severe blows in a short space of time. But it has not been wrecked.

In taking a gamble on him Fiorentina invested millions, and would not have done so had the injury prognosis taken a bleak outlook. Rossi has taken his time with this latest injury recovery - and is determined to get it right this time.

There is a slim chance he could make a cameo appearance for the Viola before the end of the season, and then it is all about aiming to hit the ground running in pre-season.

If he can, there may be quite a few clubs wishing they had been as bold as Fiorentina were in January.

For if Rossi has been watching anything in recent weeks, he should take a leaf out of Tiger Woods' book, who was recently asked 'Would you like to be as good as you were before?' to which the World number one golfer replied, 'No, I want to be better.'

Can Rossi rebuild his career at Fiorentina?

image: © farenetwork

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch