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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

Giuseppe Rossi has expressed his regret at the injury suffered by Riccardo Montolivo during Italy's clash with Ireland on Saturday.

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."

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