Previous
San Lorenzo
Auckland City
2
1
AET
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool
1
3
FT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United
4
0
FT
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Real Oviedo
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
AC Ajaccio
Paris Saint-Germain
1
3
FT
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
VfL Wolfsburg
2
2
FT
Game Details
Thailand
Malaysia
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
ES Setif
Western Sydney Wanderers
(5) 2
(4) 2
FT
Game Details
Next

Montella remains positive over Rossi

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella expects Giuseppe Rossi to come back "stronger than ever" from his latest injury setback.

Mutu happy to replace Rossi

The Italy international faces up to three months out with a sprained knee, although he has at least avoided a repeat of the cruciate ligament tear he sustained in 2011.

Having come back from that injury, which led to 18 months on the sidelines, Montella is convinced Rossi will come back fighting again this time.

"I've seen how combative he is and he will be back stronger than ever," the Viola coach told a news conference. "We're very sorry for Giuseppe, but we've got to see the glass half-full -- we all thought it could have been something a lot worse so we're relieved it isn't."

With Rossi out, the attention has turned to Mario Gomez, who has not featured since damaging knee ligaments in mid-September.

"He started running again yesterday and that’s a good sign," Montella said. "He has always tried to speed up his recovery and it's almost as if he feels responsible for the situation. He's played very little, but he is nevertheless very dedicated to this club."

The 28-year-old's return to action is imminent, although with Rossi out, Montella admits he is hoping to be given another striker to work with during the current transfer window.

"We need a second striker who can play with Mario," the coach said. "Somebody who can play both as a striker and as a winger."

That could be another Gomez -- Alejandro -- who played under Montella at Catania and is now plying his trade in Ukraine with Metalist Khakiv, as Montella added: "He's a very, very interesting player. Let's see what we can do."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.