Struggling Villarreal were hit by
another injury setback on Thursday when tests showed Giuseppe
Rossi needed surgery on damaged ligaments in his right knee and
would be out of action for six months.
The Italy international, who joins strike-partner Nilmar on
the sidelines, suffered the injury in Wednesday's 3-0 defeat at
Real Madrid, which left Juan Carlos Garrido's side in 18th with
just seven points from nine matches.
They are also on the verge of elimination from the Champions
"Our worst fears have been confirmed," Villarreal said in a
statement on their website.
The 24-year-old Rossi, who was born in the United States and
had a stint at English Premier League side Manchester United,
would be operated on later on Thursday at a clinic in nearby
Valencia, they added.
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