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Rossi's Back Pain

Well, with call ups it seems, come injuries. Italian starlet Giuseppe Rossi was held out of practice today with lumbago (lower back pain). He did train separately, and apparently he is still hopeful to play in Italy's Olympic opener against Honduras.

While this is unfortunate for Italy, my concern is the Yellow Submarine. With Nihat out until October, we really cannot afford to face the beginning of La Liga with only Franco, Llorente and Altidore. Rossi needs to stay healthy. I hope the Italian trainers are judicious with him - and I feel sure Villarreal will be watching the situation closely.