Giuseppe Rossi tears left ACL, faces another lengthy layoff

Monday April 10th, 2017

MADRID (AP) – Celta Vigo forward Giuseppe Rossi tore a ligament in his left knee and will be sidelined for six months, the Spanish club said Monday.

Celta said Rossi will undergo surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 30-year-old American-born Italian has had several serious knee injuries, but all were to his right knee.

An incredibly gifted scorer, Rossi's career has been plagued by injuries. His latest occurred in the first half of Celta's 2-0 loss to Eibar on Sunday. He walked off the field and sat on the bench.

A week ago, Rossi scored a hat trick for Celta in a 3-1 win over Las Palmas.

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After breaking out with former club Villarreal, Rossi was in line to join the elite scorers in Europe when he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during a game against Real Madrid in October 2011. He needed three operations before returning in May 2013 after joining Italian club Fiorentina.

He also missed four months of the 2013-14 season with a sprained ligament, ruling him out of Italy's World Cup squad.

Rossi underwent a fourth operation on his troublesome right knee in September 2014 and missed the whole season.

He returned to Spain last season with Levante, before joining Celta this campaign. He has also played for Manchester United, Newcastle and Parma.

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