Rossi included for Italy fitness tests

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm •  Published: April 11, 2014

ROME (AP) — Giuseppe Rossi was selected Friday for pre-World Cup fitness tests by Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli.

Prandelli will have athletic tests and medical exams performed on 42 players Monday and Tuesday at the national team's Coverciano training complex in Florence.

The tests will be designed to simulate hot and humid match conditions in Brazil, and Prandelli has said the data collected will be factored into selections for his 23-man roster.

Rossi, the Fiorentina forward from New Jersey, led Serie A with 14 goals in 17 games before injuring the medial collateral ligament in his right knee from a hard tackle by Livorno's Leandro Rinaudo on Jan. 5.

Rossi tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during a game for Villarreal against Real Madrid in October 2011 and needed three operations before returning last May with Fiorentina. He has seven goals in 29 international appearances.

Parma's Antonio Cassano also was picked for the tests. He hasn't played for the Azzurri since helping Italy to a second-place finish at the 2012 European Championship.

Roma's Mattia Destro was left off while serving a three-game league suspension for punching Cagliari's Davide Astori. Forwards Francesco Totti, Luca Toni and Antonio Di Natale also were bypassed.

Teams must give FIFA preliminary 30-man rosters by May 13 and finals rosters by June 2.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Francesco Bardi (Livorno), ), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Antonio Mirante (Parma), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Simone Scuffet (Udinese).

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