Giuseppe Rossi hopes to make his debut for Fiorentina this spring after a layoff of 1 1/2 years caused by a knee injury that needed three operations.
''My recovery is going well, I just need a little more time,'' the forward from New Jersey said Monday. ''I want to be 100 percent.''
Rossi appeared at a news conference Monday following his transfer from Villarreal to Fiorentina. He was given a 4 1/2-year contract worth €2.2 million ($2.9 million) annually, plus bonuses. Fiorentina reportedly paid a €9.5 million ($12.45 million) transfer fee.
Rossi not played since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a game against Real Madrid in October 2011. He has been undergoing physical therapy in New York.
The 25-year-old, born to Italian parents in Teaneck and raised in Clifton, scored 27 goals in 82 appearances for Villarreal. After starting his professional career with Manchester United, where he made 14 appearances during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, Rossi...