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The 25-year-old striker tore his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in six months during training last month, and is now expected to be out of action until March 2013

Giuseppe Rossi's agent insists that the crocked Villarreal forward is now an even more "appetizing prospect" for Europe's top clubs because his injury problems have significantly lowered his value.

“Clearly paying wages for someone who cannot play before March 2013 represents an investment for the future," his representative, Federico Pastorello told Radio Kiss Kiss.

The Italy international tore his anterior cruciate ligament last October and suffered the exact same injury just before he was set to return to action in April.

The setback, which will result in the forward spending at least another 10 months on the sidelines, appears to have scuppered Rossi's hopes of securing a return to Serie A this summer, but his representative, Federico Pastorello, has not given up hope on a club making what he feels would be a low-risk move for the player.

“Anyone who buys him today will obviously have the opportunity to deal with Villarreal at very different price-tags to the ones bandied about in the past," he stated. "It’s only natural this player can be an appetizing prospect."

“I am convinced if someone approaches the matter this way, then we can work out the timing and methodology. I am in continual contact with Villarreal, so if there were to be any proposals then we’d talk them over."

Because of his injury layoff, Rossi was powerless to prevent Villarreal being relegated from the Primera Division last season.

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