Rossi to Start Afresh in Florence
Italian, Giuseppe Rossi, has returned home, after the Villarreal striker agreed to a €10m transfer to Serie A club, Fiorentina, last month.
Rossi signed for the Tuscan club in January, despite having not kicked a ball for over 14 months and is still a long way from recovery. However, with a new move comes new hope and the striker can now put his Spanish nightmare behind him and get back into football.
For Rossi is still suffering a knee injury that first flared up in October 2011 while playing against Real Madrid in La Liga. The striker’s knee ligaments needed surgery to reconstruct, yet the problems have not gone away and his career is now under severe threat if the hurt cannot be rectified soon.
Fiorentina clearly see hope for the Italian international, however, and, although many Champions league betting pundits consider the move a gamble, Rossi’s agent is adamant the striker will return to full fitness.
“He was examined again at the end of January and his knee was judged to be very stable,” Federico Pastorello revealed to La Politica nel Pallone. “At the end of this month, we can hopefully plan his return to Florence and then see him back in action during April.”
Although Rossi is yet to even train with his teammates, the fact he could be back by April should act as a major confidence boost for the Viola players. Fiorentina are currently sixth in Serie A and their chase for a Champions League spot next season has suffered after just one win in seven games.
They need a goalscorer and need one fast, which is possibly the reason boss, Vincenzo Montella, is willing to gamble on bringing Rossi to the club. Sadly, the 26-year-old’s arrival comes with high expectations on Betfair.com and, despite having almost 18 months out the game by his return, must hit the ground running this April.
If not, there may be no way back for the talented striker, who risks becoming one of those unlucky few bright stars that retire early through injury.