Fiorentina doctor: Giuseppe Rossi returns to pitch in mid-January


Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi has been deep in recovery from a knee injury sustained way back in January, and after his first operation didn’t go as planned, he was forced out of play in September, having to undergo surgery again to fix the issue.

It seems as though the Italian-American will return to the field in mid-January, based on the team doctor’s observations.

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“Pepito’s knee is very stable,” Fiorentina’s club doctor Paolo Manetti said to the team’s official website.

“It’s clean and has developed some good muscle. Doctor [Singleton] has given the all clear for him to increase the burden which will enable him to regain complete tone. In mid-January, Rossi will start with specific work out on the field before a further in-depth test which is foreseen for mid-February.

Rossi, 27, played five seasons with Spanish club Villarreal, scoring 54 goals in 136 appearances before exiting to Fiorentina in January 2013 for €11.8 million ($14.31 million) fee. Last season, Rossi notched 17 goals in 24 matches for the Serie A side prior to his injury.