The Italian international has not played since the final game of last season.
The young forward had impressed at United and during loan spells with Newcastle and Parma, but in the summer of 2007 he was sold to Villarreal.
A year later he was one of Europe’s most in form strikers, and a regular in the Italian national team.
In 2010-11 he was sensational, scoring 32 goals in 56 appearances, and for 2011-12 it appeared that the career of the then 23-year-old from New Jersey was going in one direction.
His career has unfortunately been blighted by horrendous knee problems. In October 2011 Rossi tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Real Madrid and he was out for six months, in April 2012 he suffered the same injury and his career looked in tatters.
Fiorentina took a chance on him in January 2013, even though he was still injured at the time. He started the 2013-14 season in sensational form, banging in 16 goals in 21 appearances and adding four assists to his impressive goal tally. Unfortunately a knee injury struck again in January and he was out of action for four months.
He returned, hoping to be back in time for the World Cup in Brazil. But his knee has again caused issues and he has not played since the final game of last season. Now he is eyeing up his next comeback, against Juventus on April 29th. Football Italia report him as stating:
“I've noticed that the game against Juventus is on April 29. It would be nice to play such a prestigious game, but I must not push it, right now I should only think about doing my work [towards recovery].
“I am dying to get back in the pitch, but that was a given."
Hopefully this is the last time that he has to make such a return to action.