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The 25-year-old Azzurri forward had been hoping to make his return to La Liga action in the coming weeks but he broke down in training on Friday morning.

Italy has been rocked by the news that Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi will definitely miss Euro 2012 after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament for a second time.

The 25-year-old forward had been nearing a return to competitive action after first injuring his right knee during his club's La Liga defeat by Real Madrid at the end of October.

However, Villarreal announced on Friday afternoon that Rossi tore his ACL again during a training session earlier in the day. Another operation on his knee is now required and he is expected to be out for a further six months.

The news will come as a major blow for Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli, who had been hoping that Rossi would make his comeback before the season's end and thus give the coach an extra striking option for the country's Euro 2012 campaign.

The injury could also scupper the former Manchester United man's hopes of a summer transfer, with the player having been heavily linked with a move to Italy in recent months.

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