Giuseppe Rossi is a name close to the heart of many Manchester United fans.
The Italian striker may not have carved out a successful career at Old Trafford, but it had nothing to do with a lack of talent or a poor attitude. Rossi was simply ready for first-team football before his then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson was ready to grant it to him.
The diminutive striker had shone at reserve-team level, leading some to say he was the best natural finisher the club had seen since Paul Scholes. But the Old Trafford faithful would never see the player he was destined to become.
After an ill-fated loan spell at Newcastle United (and a far more successful one at Parma) Rossi ignored the pleas of Ferguson to remain and signed for Spanish side Villarreal.
It was here where he proved exactly how much of a natural goal-scorer he was. But injuries robbed him of a place at Euro 2012, and would see him forced to wait four months for his Fiorentina debut.
However this season he has been in outstanding form, and he currently finds himself top-scorer in Serie A. So it was a huge blow when Rossi suffered what looked like a serious knee injury at the weekend against Livorno.
While many feared he could miss the rest of the season and Italy’s World Cup campaign, reports now suggest he could return to face England after all.
Reports on Twitter claim the striker has damaged his collateral ligament but has avoided a rupture, with a suggested recovery-time of three months.
JUST IN: medical tests shows that Giuseppe Rossi has damaged his collateral ligament, but no rupture.Expected 3 months out.WC still possible— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 6, 2014
The hopes of many football fans were with Rossi following his latest setback, and we can all only hope he makes it back to star at the World Cup – a platform his talent deserves.
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