Antonio Cassano Cleared To Resume Playing

GENOA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli (R) and Antonio Cassano during a training session ahead of their international friendly against USA at Luigi Ferraris Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Antonio Cassano has been given the green light to resume his playing career. But will he have enough time to challenge for a spot in Euro 2012?

Antonio Cassano, diagnosed with heart trouble back in October, has been cleared to resume playing with AC Milan. The attacker fell ill after last fall's match with AS Roma, and was forced to undergo minor heart surgery. Now, a panel of medical experts has given their approval for his return to football, and the Istituto di Medicina Sportiva dell'Acqua Acetosa has confirmed that he may resume his playing career.

Prior to his diagnosis, Cassano had enjoyed a fine run of form with the rossoneri, challenging the likes of Robinho and Alexandre Pato for a starting role. With just seven matches left in the season -- and who knows how many left in the Champions League -- Cassano's next challenge is even more difficult: proving himself fit and able for Euro 2012. With the Italian national team still experiencing a shortage of stable strikers, he just might be able to realise that dream.

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