English Premiership

Rodriguez nears return

2015-02-17 11:16
Jay Rodriguez (AP Photo)

Cape Town - Southampton are set to welcome back England striker Jay Rodriguez following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Rodriguez has not played since injuring himself against Manchester City in March 2014 and has spent the entire 2014/15 season on the sidelines recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The Southampton striker scored 17 goals for the club last season and the club's medical staff have confirmed that he will be able to make a return the first team squad in March.

Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, insists he will not take any chances with Rodriguez and may keep the striker back until next season.

"He's a very good player but we don't put pressure on him. He has to be fully fit. If that's at the end of the season then I'm pleased, but if not then next season.

"For me the fitness of the player is more important than the position in the table." said Koeman, according to the Daily Mail.

Rodriguez' form last season alerted the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, who are interested in luring home-grown talent to their respective clubs.

Southampton, who occupy fourth spot on the English Premiership table, host Liverpool on Sunday.

The encounter at the St. Mary's Stadium kicks off at 18:15. 


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