Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi has suffered yet another knee injury and it is feared that the Italian star will be out of action for at least two months.
La Viola's forward has had numerous problems with his right knee in the past but the injury picked up against Livorno at the weekend is not as serious as expected.
Ligament tears in October 2011 and April 2012 had stalled the progress of Rossi's regular first team action.
Sky Sports reported Rossi's agent, Federico Pastorello, as saying: "It looks like a sprain with damage to the collateral ligament. In six or seven weeks he could be back on the pitch."
Tests have shown that the damage to Rossi's knee is a sprain to the right anterior ligament which will mean some time on the sidelines but his World Cup ambitions should still be intact.
Rossi is expected to travel to the USA to see knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman who has treated him before as well as the likes of Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen for similar injuries.
Fiorentina went onto win the game 1-0 against Livorno and the victory sees the club consolidate their top four position putting space between them and fifth placed Verona.
Rossi has been in scintillating form for Fiorentina this year with 14 goals to his name already and looks sure to be involved with the Italian squad this summer.
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