Fresh Fears for Rossi Career after Latest Knee Setback
Just when things seemed to be looking up for Giuseppe Rossi, it appears his injury curse has struck again. And there are some within football who are now fearing for the future career of the talented 26-year-old.
The Fiorentina forward, who has enjoyed a welcome renaissance so far this season in Serie A, is now set for a longer-than-expected spell on the sidelines after further tests revealed his latest knee injury was worse than first feared. The full diagnosis has not yet been made but the indications are he has suffered a serious setback and may require more surgery.
Rossi, who is the top scorer in the Italian top flight with 14 goals so far, appeared to be back to his devastating best for La Viola and many football betting pundits were suggesting his well-documented injury problems were thankfully a thing of the past. Of course, injury is one of the travails of the job but, finally, the former Villarreal star seemed to have got over the two terrible knee injuries that kept him out for over 18 months when playing in Spain.
Three operations, months and months of rehabilitation, plus hard work on the training ground and a positive mindset to get back to the very top looked to have paid off as Rossi returned with a bang for Fiorentina at the start of the season. The waiting had been worth it, Rossi was back.
However, when he limped off injured in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Livorno in tears, everyone was keeping their fingers crossed it was only a minor setback. He was initially ruled out for six to seven weeks following a hard tackle from Leandro Rinaudo and there were sighs of relief when Fiorentina said they thought the injury was merely a sprain.
But due to his past medical history, it was decided to send the striker for more tests to make sure and the dreaded news he did not want to hear looked to have been confirmed when his club released a statement which read he had suffered: “a stress to the anterior cruciate ligament previously operated on”.
That assessment may mean this season will be another one he is forced to write off and, if that is the case, it will be just the latest devastating blow to a player who has had to deal with more than most in less than 10 years as a professional.
How he handles this latest development mentally will be key but you wonder just how much more Rossi – and specificially his knee – can take? Specialists may advise that this could be a recurring problem due to the severity of his injuries in the past and that could force him into what would be an unthinkable early retirement.
It remains speculation in the live football commentary at this stage, of course, and the hope is Rossi will again be able to battle back and make a full recovery but, at the minute at least, the signs do not look good.