Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi’s latest knee injury may be worse than expected, according to sources.
The Teaneck-native suffered a “stress to the anterior cruciate ligament” of a previously injured knee following a tackle by Livorno defender Leandro Rinaudo in a 1-0 win Jan. 5 over the Amaranto.
Rossi, 26, was sidelined for 18 months total after tearing the same ligament in his right knee in October 2011 and then re-injuring it in April 2012.
Rossi, Serie A’s top scorer with 14 goals, was initially ruled out for about seven weeks, but the latest reports predict a longer recovery time.
According to BBC Sport, some Italian media has reported that "Rossi would be sidelined for around three months, while Gazzetta dello Sport said his place at this year's World Cup in Brazil, where Italy will meet England, was at risk."