Giuseppe Rossi's agent says he could leave Villarreal in January despite being sidelined with a knee injury

Giuseppe Rossi: Could still leave Villarreal in January, despite being injured, according to his agent

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The agent of Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi has revealed the striker could leave the club in January but concedes he would be risky signing as he is still four months away from fitness.

The 25-year-old sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in October 2011 and was initially expected to be out for six months.

However, he suffered another cruciate injury to the same knee last April that will keep him out until the spring.

Villarreal were relegated from La Liga in May and speculation has linked Rossi with a move away from El Madrigal ever since, with a return to Serie A his most likely destination.

His agent, Federico Pastorello, revealed that Rossi will not be fully recovered until March, meaning any club who tries to sign him in January will be taking a gamble on his fitness.

However, he also stated his confidence that the Italy international will return better than ever and therefore - in his eyes - is a risk well worth taking.

"Giuseppe is really charged. Whoever bets on him in January will do so with risk because he will be only fit again in March," Pastorello told Sky Italia.

"But it would be an investment based on the future. I'm sure in 2014 he will be the regular forward of the Italian National team.

"We stay calm, then we see what happens in January."