Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
Eurosport lays out a timeframe for Rossi's return:
Fiorentina confirmed that the injury plagued striker will be out for four to five months after successfully undergoing arthroscopic surgery.
The 27-year-old United States-born forward complained of discomfort in the knee last month and did not play in Fiorentina's opening Serie A match of the season on Saturday when they lost 2-0 to AS Roma.
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Giuseppe Rossi has been named in Fiorentina's Europa League squad, despite the player requiring exploratory surgery on his knee.
Technical director Eduardo Macia insists the player is feeling "optimistic" over his chances of a swift recovery, per FIFA.com:
Rossi is very optimistic. He has an extraordinary mentality, that of a champion, and this is why we are calm. He never gives up and he will continue to give so much satisfaction to Fiorentina. His only focus right now is to return as soon as possible to be 100 per cent.
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Giuseppe Rossi is set for yet more surgery as Fiorentina seek to discover the full extent of his most recent knee injury.
The Serie A club tweeted the following on Monday:
Bad news, non-transfer related. Giuseppe Rossi will need arthroscopic surgery to fully diagnose his right knee, it's set for later this week— Viola Nation (@Viola_Nation) September 1, 2014
Rossi will be out for minimum 2-3 weeks after the minimally invasive surgery. And that's if they don't find anything that needs more work— Viola Nation (@Viola_Nation) September 1, 2014
Fiorentina hitman Giuseppe Rossi is out of his team's opening game of the Serie A season against Roma after sustaining a knee injury.
The 27-year-old has suffered with knee injuries in the past with the same right leg being damaged last season, leading to a four-month layoff, per the PA.
Italian sports correspondent Daniella Matar also confirmed Rossi's injury via Twitter:
Bad news Fiorentina fans...more knee problems for Rossi!!! Tests today after thigh injury show "indications of overload on the right knee"— Daniella Matar (@DaniellaMatar) August 18, 2014
Fiorentina released a statement regarding Rossi's prognosis, per the PA's report: "The tests done have excluded any muscle injuries in his thigh. However, the exams did reveal signs of excessive pressure being put on his right knee. The player will rest and receive appropriate treatment for at least seven days before undergoing further tests."
Despite the injury, the news that it is a minor problem will please fans and staff of the Viola. Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella expressed to La Gazzetta dello Sport, per the report: "I am sorry for him. He knows he has to live with these problems. Fortunately, it's not something serious."
Rossi was prolific for his club during the 2013-14 Serie A season, scoring on a near-weekly basis when available to play.
He hit 16 goals in 19 starts in the domestic league campaign, per WhoScored.com, proving how valuable he is to the club's fortunes and results.
The player has previously undergone two operations on the currently damaged right knee to repair cruciate damage, so any additional issue physically in the joint will cause alarm bells to ring.
Rossi has always been a dangerous striker, and his potential was spotted at an early age at Old Trafford. But the player could not break into the first team on a regular basis, and the American-born player moved to Villarreal to revive his career.
Will Fiorentina beat Roma without Giuseppe Rossi?
His six years in Spain saw him maintain a healthy reputation for himself before he made the leap into Italian football in 2013.
Fiorentina will be hoping to get the Italy striker back on the pitch as soon as possible to team up with Juan Cuadrado, if the Colombian does not participate in a transfer away from Florence.
The team will need both players to hit the heights of last season, which saw the club finish fourth in the table, winning 19 matches from its 38 games, per ESPN FC.