Villarreal crock Giuseppe Rossi is out of Italy's Euros campaign after suffering a new injury.
Rossi had been out for six months and hoped to find form in time to take part in this summerâ€™s tournament, but damaged the same right knee ligament today and will be sidelined for another six months.
â€śI was just on the phone to Beppe. Heâ€™s distraught and really expected to make a comeback with a chance for the Euros, but now I think heâ€™ll go back to the United States,â€ť Italy chief medic Professor Enrico Castellacci told Radio Sportiva.
â€śThis is a terrible blow for the athlete and the man, who I really care about. Heâ€™s a splendid lad and this setback gives us all great pain. I had spoken to him only two days ago and he said he felt good. We were happy to hear his enthusiasm and I probably wouldâ€™ve gone to see him personally.
â€śI perform hundreds of operations on cruciate ligaments every year. He said it was a banal trauma that caused it, but there could be many reasons for the fresh injury and it doesnâ€™t seem right to discuss them until we know more details. Meanwhile, the drama of this poor lad is what stands out.
â€śHe will have to undergo another operation and wait those six months to get back to playing football.â€ť