The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
US-born forward Giuseppe Rossi back on Italy squad; Mario Balotelli stays despite Serie A ban
ROME - United States-born forward Giuseppe Rossi has been called back to Italy's squad after almost two years of injuries, and Mario Balotelli remains in the team despite a three-match ban with AC Milan.
The Azzurri have already qualified for next year's World Cup, and face Denmark and Armenia in their final two qualifiers.
The 26-year-old Rossi was a fixture in coach Cesare Prandelli's attack until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a game against Real Madrid in October 2011.
After three operations, Rossi transferred to Fiorentina in January but only returned to full form at the start of this season and has scored six goals in eight matches for the Tuscan squad.
Italy plays Denmark in Copenhagen on Friday then hosts Armenia in Naples.
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