Rossi out of Italy v Germany friendly
On-form Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi has been ruled out of Italy's friendly against Germany on Friday as he battles flu-like symptoms, according to Italy team doctors.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said on Tuesday he wanted to see Rossi, who leads Italy's scoring charts with 11 goals in 12 games, line up alongside AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli for the San Siro clash.
However Italy's chief doctor Enrico Castellatti said Rossi, who is under antibiotics, "had agreed to pull out" of the squad for Friday's match.
Earlier, Catellatti hinted the American-born striker would have struggled to shake off the illness in time.
"He's doing okay, but in terms of (recovering in time for) Friday's game there is not much time," Catellatti had said.
Italy qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with two games to spare in Group B and on Tuesday Prandelli said naming his "definitive" squad for next summer's showpiece was a long way off.
"Right now, I don't have a definitive list of 23 player, I have 35 names in my head," said the Italy coach.
Prandelli's wish to test the Rossi-Balotelli partnership may have to wait until Monday when the Azzurri face Nigeria in their second friendly of the week at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground.
However Rossi appears to have made a lasting impression on Prandelli on what is the Fiorentina striker's comeback season following a lengthy injury lay-off which began at his former club, Villarreal.
Prandelli contrasted Rossi's purple patch with 'La Viola' with that of Balotelli, who has been subject to criticism at struggling AC Milan since returning from injury and a three-match ban several weeks ago.
"Rossi has great human qualities and a great character, that have only got stronger since his injury," Prandelli added.
"He can play as the first or second striker, he's not just a goalscorer, he also knows how to make the team play better.
"As for Mario, he's going through a tough period at the moment, but if he has character, he will emerge stronger."
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