INJURY-plagued Rossi remains the biggest dilemma for Cesare Prandelli as the deadline looms for the Italy coach to trim his World Cup squad to 23 players.
Prandelli admits he has been moved by Rossi’s effort to prove that he is ready for the tournament, yet still appears to be cautious about gambling on the player who, when fit, is arguably Italy’s most prolific and consistent scorer.
Italy’s provisional 30-man squad have been training outside Florence for the last week and, with little real news, Italian media have speculated endlessly on who will be among the unlucky seven.
Many other coaches have saved themselves the headache, andtension, by announcing their definitive 23-man squad well ahead of the June 2 deadline.
However, after Italy repeatedly ran out of gas during matches at Euro 2012, Prandelli is closely monitoring the players’ fitness to make sure that those he takes to Brazil are capable of outlasting the opposition.
The latest consensus is, that of the seven forwards in the provisional squad, Mario Balotelli, Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci are certain to make the cut, Antonio Cassano has a good chance and Lorenzo Insigne is likely to be dropped.
That would leave Rossi vying with AS Roma’s Mattia Destro for the fifth and final spot.