Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi is set to be out of action until 2013 after it was announced on Monday he needed two separate operations on his injured knee.
The Italy international damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a defeat to Real Madrid last October and earlier this month he aggravated the problem during a training session.
A statement on the Villarreal website on Monday confirmed the 25-year-old will have two sets of surgery on the knee which is set to sideline him for up to 10 months. The first operation was performed by Colorado-based Dr Richard Steadman last week, and the next one is scheduled to take place this summer.
The statement read: "The first operation successfully took place last Friday, April 20. Once he has recovered from this surgery - in an estimated time period of four months - Steadman will perform the corresponding operation on the anterior cruciate ligament, which usually requires around six months of recovery.
"Villarreal offer all their support and wish the best recovery to Guiseppe Rossi."
The former Manchester United striker's injury means he not only set to miss the end of this season and the first half of the next, but he will also sit out Euro 2012.
Rossi scored 32 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions during the 2010-11 season, leading to Italy coach Cesare Prandelli stating his desire to have the striker in his squad for this summer's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
Rossi has scored six goals in 27 appearances for Italy, also captaining the team in their friendly with Romania in November 2010.