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Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Rino is a Champion with a Capital C." Marcello Lippi

Sports News - November 17, 2008

Rino Taking One on the Chin

Last weekend, Rino Gattuso, the midfield warrior of AC Milan and the Azzurri, suffered a serious knee injury, and will be out of action for the rest of the Serie A campaign.

But Azzurri boss, Marcello Lippi, expects to have him available for the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa:

"Rino è un campione con la C maiuscola , in campo trasmette sempre grande positività, è un trascinatore, un esempio importantissimo per i giovani ch si stanno inserendo adesso. Potrebbe rientrare per gli appuntamenti decisivi della Nazionale, potrebbe essere pronto per la Confederations Cup di giugno. Se per un giocatore normale ci vuole un mese per recuperare da un determinato infortunio, Rino ci mette 15 giorni, se servono 6 mesi, a lui ne bastano cinque".

"Rino is a champion with a capital C, on the pitch he always transmits a great positivity, a very important example for the younger players that are now coming into the team.

He could come back for the decisive fixtures for the National Team, and could be ready for the Confederations Cup in June. If a normal player needs a month to recover from a specific injury, Rino only needs two weeks. If they need six months, he only needs five."

Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 11 December 2008.

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