ROME — Fiorentina remained near the top of Serie A with a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo on Monday in a match that highlighted Giuseppe Rossi's struggle to return to form after a series of knee injuries.
Fiorentina moved within one point of leader Inter Milan, which was visiting Napoli later.
Sassuolo is an impressive sixth, level on points with AC Milan one point behind four-time defending champion Juventus.
Rossi got a rare start at forward for Fiorentina but was replaced by Nikola Kalinic early in the second half after failing to make an impact.
Once he sat down on the bench, Rossi shook his head in disappointment.
The United States-born former Italy international returned in August after 15 months out following the latest surgery on his right knee, which he first injured four years ago while with Villarreal against Real Madrid.
Kalinic had a few chances to win it but couldn't quite find the target and add to his total of nine goals this season.
Rossi is scoreless in eight Serie A appearances. He has two goals in the Europa League.
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