Italy’s World Cup chances have been boosted by the news that Giuseppe Rossi is making solid progress in his recovery from a knee injury.
The Fiorentina striker was in great form for his club this season, scoring 15 goals in 19 appearances, before he suffered ligament damage in the clash with Livorno in January. It was initially thought that the 27-year-old would have no chance of making the Finals in Brazil, but this is no longer considered to be certain.
Rossi has been making good progress with his rehabilitation in recent weeks, and he could even return to action for Viola before the end of the current campaign. Should that be the case, then there is every chance he can push himself into contention for Cesare Prandelli’s 23-man squad, of which he would likely play a key part.
“Giuseppe Rossi was accompanied by Luke Bongiorno (Rossi’s physio) to Vail, Colorado on Friday night for a check-up with Professor Richard Steadman,” read a statement on his club’s official website. “The tests carried out confirmed that the striker is making good progress in his recovery. Over the coming days a date will be set for Rossi to return to Italy.”
New Jersey born Rossi, who began his career with Parma before moving on to Manchester United and Villarreal, has won 29 caps for the Azzurri, and has scored seven goals. Along with Milan’s Mario Balotelli, he is considered to be the best striker Prandelli has amongst his options, and his inclusion would be a huge boost for their World Cup bid.