Rossi needs 3rd knee operation, out until 2013

Villarreal says American-born 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, Colo. Steadman

determined Rossi will need four months to recover, then will

require a second operation with a six-month recovery.

Rossi is from New Jersey. Born to Italian parents, he plays for

Italy’s national team.