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Ex-Manchester United starlet's World Cup fears as latest scan reveals more knee damage

Giuseppe Rossi could once again be set for a lengthy spell on the side-lines with cruciate knee ligament damage.

Despite his obvious ability - former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi has never played at a major international tournament for Italy.

The striker, who is currently this season’s top scorer in Serie A, has spent much of the past three years on the side-lines with a series of cruciate ligament injury problems.

However this season it seemed those times were behind him - and that finally he was going to lead the Italian front-line into a World Cup.

But all that hope went up in the air when Rossi went down under a hard challenge from Leandro Rinaudo of Livorno on Sunday - and immediately clutched his historically weak knee.

Immediately it was reported he will only miss a couple of months -but despite this Rossi still travelled back to his second home for a second opinion.

Rossi had his knee treated on a second time by infamous knee surgeon Dr Richard Steadman. Considered the ‘best knee guy’ on the planet, and credited with saving the careers of Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Steadman will assess the injury to Rossi first - as Rossi will reportedly not take anyone else’s opinion - according to his agent:

"We will leave for the United States this week and see doctor Steadman, who knows better than anyone Giuseppe's knee. After his first operation, Giuseppe decided to go to professor Steadman and he is the only one that he wants to go and see."

And today the results of that opinion have been announced - and it is not good news for Fiorentina or Italy fans - or indeed those of Rossi as a player.

Steadman has confirmed the injury is more serious than Fiorentina’s medical staff first imagined - as the damage is to the cruciate ligament, not just the medial ligament.

His agent confirmed the news stating:

“Now we need to wait three weeks before understanding how best to proceed and above all how long he’ll be out for. Unfortunately any damage to the cruciate ligament was what worried us the most and today continues to worry us. Obviously it’s a difficult situation, above all psychologically and his spirits are very low at the moment.”

It is a gamble that has paid off. After spending the first six months of his Fiorentina deal in recovery he got himself fully fit over the summer - and has been in scintillating form ever since.

His 14 goals this Serie A season sees him top of goal-scoring charts and he was back in the Italian team - ready to lead from the front in Brazil next summer.

Until this week, when his injury ravaged past reared its ugly head. Rossi went down under a hard challenge from Leandro Rinaudo of Livorno on Sunday - and immediately clutched the pieced together knee.

So far though, so good. It is reported he will only miss a couple of months. The immediate fear was that Rossi faced a grim summer like that of Arsenal’s Theo Walcott - and would once again miss international selection for a major tournament - after missing the World Cup in 2010 and European Championships in 2012.

But despite the early allaying of fears - Rossi is still travelling back to his second home for a second opinion.

Rossi had his knee treated on a second time by infamous knee surgeon Dr Richard Steadman. Considered the ‘best knee guy’ on the planet, and credited with saving the careers of Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Steadman will assess the injury to Rossi first - as Rossi will reportedly not take anyone else’s opinion - LaertesCTB

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