Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi ruled out of Euro 2012
Villareal and Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi has been ruled out of the rest of the Liga BBVA season as well as Euro 2012 due to a knee injury.
Rossi’s club posted on their website that the 25-year-old would be out of action for at least six months. The former Manchester United forward tore his anterior cruciate ligament in training and requires surgery. Although born in New Jersey, USA, Rossi chose to play for the land of his parents, first representing Italy at under 16 level in 2003.
Rossi made his senior international debut for Italy in 2008, after declining a World Cup 2006 call-up from USA coach Bruce Arena. He has gone on to appear 27 times for the Azzuri, scoring six times, the first of which came against Northern Ireland in a 2009 friendly. Rossi started five of Italy’s qualifiers for Euro 2012, netting just once against Estonia, and providing an assist against Serbia.
With Rossi missing the European Championships, Italy manager Cesare Prandelli will have to choose his striking options from Antonio Cassano (28/9), Mario Balotelli (7/1), Alessandro Matri (5/1), Sebastian Giovinco (7/0), Giampolo Pazzini (24/4), Fabio Borini (1/0), Alberto Gilardino (47/17), and outsiders Antonio Di Natale (35/11) and Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero (91/27).