FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci has backed Giuseppe Rossi's claim that he was not omitted from the World Cup squad because of ongoing knee problems.
Rossi took to Twitter on Monday to dismiss speculation that he was dropped because of concerns he missed almost half the season because of injuries.
"The work which was done with Rossi and for Rossi was extensive, without any superficiality," Castellacci said on Tuesday. "Like the footballer, we have never denied that from a medical point of view he was quite good and had recovered well enough.
"Against him were decisions of the technical, physical and psychological sort, that weren't easy."
Rossi was leading Serie A with 14 goals in 17 matches for Fiorentina until he reinjured his right knee in January, sidelining him for four months.
Castellacci also says goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has not broken his ribs and will make the trip to Brazil, while Mario Balotelli's complaints of pain are also not as serious as reported and he was available for the friendly against Luxembourg on Wednesday.
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