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Cassano given green light to return

AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano, who underwent heart surgery last year, has been given the all-clear to resume his playing career by a panel of medical experts.

• Cassano nears return for Milan

Cassano, 29, has been out of action since being hospitalised with a small cardiac malformation following Milan's 3-2 victory at Roma in October, 2011.

On Tuesday, the Institute of Sports Medicine in Milan rubber-stamped his right to return after a ten-man medical commission gathered by the Italian Sports Medicine Federation judged Cassano's condition to be "favourable" on Monday.

"Cassano can immediately and legally line up with the team again," Serie A champions Milan confirmed in a statement.

Cassano had hit one of the best spells of form in his career before falling ill on the plane back from the match in Rome and has been eager to get back to action.

He resumed training on his own in January and with his team-mates last Thursday but will face a tough battle to win his place back in the Italy squad in time for Euro 2012.

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