Gattuso upbeat despite impending knee op

The Italy World Cup winner, who tore cruciate ligaments in his right knee in Sunday's 1-0 win over Catania, will have an operation on Dec. 19 and could miss the rest of the season.

"I will take it as a new challenge, a new battle to win. I have won many battles and I will also win this one," he told Italian television as he flew to Antwerp to meet top knee surgeon Marc Martens, who confirmed an operation was needed.

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