Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi will be ready to play for Italy in Euro 2012, says agent

The forward has been sidelined until April 2012 with an anterior cruciate ligament damage but will recover his fitness to play in Poland and Ukraine, insists his representative

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi will be ready to participate in the Euro 2012 finals for Italy despite currently being ruled out for six months, assures his agent.

Rossi tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Yellow Submarine’s 3-0 away defeat to Real Madrid in the Primera Division on Wednesday, with his club announcing on Thursday that he will be sidelined for the next six months.

Doubts have emerged whether the 24-year-old will recover his full fitness in order to play for his country in next summer’s European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, but his representative has allayed such fears.

“There’s another six months to go before the end of the season, nearly eight to the tournament, so there is time to recover,” Federico Pastorello told Sky Sport Italia. “I can reassure the Italy fans that he will be ready for Euro 2012.”

“I spoke to Rossi a couple of times and it was a real surprise how bad the injury is, because after the match he was able to walk without any particular pain,” he added.

“However, when he woke up this morning [Thursday], the severity of the problem became clear. He still seemed very determined and calm, as he wants to undergo surgery as soon as possible to begin physiotherapy.”

Rossi has featured in nine La Liga and three Champions League matches for Villarreal so far this season, scoring three and two goals respectively in the competitions.