New Jersey-born striker Giuseppe Rossi, who plays for Italy, tore his right ACL playing for his Spanish club Villarreal against Real Madrid on Wednesday and will miss about six months of action.
The six-month timeline would put Rossi, 24, back on the field in time for next summer’s European Championship, for which Italy already has qualified, notes Brian Straus.
Rossi, who left New Jersey for Italy at age 12, has three goals in La Liga play this season and another two in the UEFA Champions League. In 2010-11, Rossi overcame the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup and scored 32 goals in all competitions, helping Villarreal finish fourth in La Liga and advance to the semifinals of the second-tier UEFA Europa League.
Rossi was invited to a U.S. national team training camp in 2006 by then-coach Bruce Arena but declined and made his debut with the senior Italian team in October 2008. He scored twice against the USA at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa but was left off the World Cup team the following summer by coach Marcello Lippi, who recently said that he regretted leaving Rossi behind.