Giuseppe Rossi’s career has been an interesting one, but often not in a positive way.

Moving to the Manchester United youth system from Parma in 2004, there were great hopes the young striker could make it at Old Trafford and he certainly showed enough whilst coming through to suggest he had a real chance.

Things didn’t go the way many hoped, and after loans to Newcastle United and Parma, Manchester United sold the player to Villarreal.

Then came the best spell of Rossi’s career, he became an important star for the Spanish club, leaving some Manchester United fans to regret the transfer had happened. Rossi was subsequently hit by two cruciate knee injuries in quick succession and since then his career has been stuttering.

Moving to Genoa in December on a free transfer, Rossi has been trying recapture his best form, but now faces another battle.

Gazzetta dello Sport report the 31 year old failed a doping test in May, after Genoa played Benevento. He tested positive for a banned substance usually found in eyedrops, but Gazzetta say Rossi has denied ever using eye drops.

Italy’s anti doping commission has requested a year long ban.