Rossi needs 3rd knee operation, out until 2013

Villarreal says Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi needs a third

operation on his right knee and will be sidelined until 2013.

Rossi tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a game against

Real Madrid on Oct. 26, had surgery and tore his ACL again during

training on Jan. 13.

Villarreal said Monday that Rossi underwent surgery last Friday,

with Dr. Richard Steadman operating in Vail, Colorado. Steadman

determined the American-born player will need four months to

recover, then requires a second operation with a six-month


Born to Italian parents, Rossi plays for Italy’s national team

and is now out contention for the European Championship, which runs

from June 8 to July 1 in Poland and Ukraine.