The Fiorentina striker is looking to prove his fitness as he tries to secure a spot in Cesare Prandelli's 23 man squad and was happy to play in the majority of Saturday's friendly
Montolivo suffered a fracture of his tibia and will subsequently miss this month's World Cup in Brazil, and the Fiorentina forward says Montolivo's injury has been a blow to the whole squad.
"On the pitch the injury didn’t seem that serious," Rossi told reporters. "Obviously we are all sad, no one wanted to see a great player like Riccardo leave the field like that."
Rossi has been unsure of a place in the national team having spent a large spell of the campaign out with a cruciate ligament injury.
However, the 27-year-old put in a bright performance as he played in the majority of his country's 0-0 draw with Ireland on Saturday and the forward later spoke of his delight at being given a chance under Prandelli.
"I’m fine, we were a little tired because of the work we’ve done at Coverciano but I’m happy," he added. "I played 70 minutes at a high level and there are still two weeks left so we’ll see.
"When you play as a second forward you need to try to get in the spaces between the midfield and the attack. That was my role."