Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi will be out an estimated four to five months after having arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, the team announced.
The surgery is the latest setback for Rossi, the New Jersey-born forward who tore his ACL in 2011 and re-injured the same knee in April 2012.
He came back last season to score 14 goals for Fiorentina by early January before suffering a second-degree sprain to the MCL in his knee. Before the injury, he was Serie A's leading goal scorer.
The 27-year-old Rossi has been a member of Italy's national team since 2008. He was named to the provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 World Cup, but he did not make Italy's final roster.
Rossi had the surgery in Vail, Colo., where he will be monitored for a week. He will then go to New York for physical therapy, which will be continued in Florence.
- Molly Geary