With Southampton’s impressive English players grabbing the attention of the whole league this season, many tipped the four of Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez to board the plane for Brazil.
However, with the injury sustained by Rodriguez at Manchester City on Saturday, this is no longer possible.
One of the stars in Southampton's terrific Premier League campaign, the 24-year-old was beginning to catch the eye of England boss Roy Hodgson. He was called up for the first time on 7th November 2013, with fellow team mates Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. He made his debut in the 2-0 loss at Wembley against Chile.
Rodriguez continued to impress for his club, and repeatedly scored some important goals for Mauricio Pochettino's side. His amazing form for the Saints meant that he had a real chance of making the squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
However, Rodriguez unfortunately ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium after an 'awkward' fall. He was clapped off by both sets of supporters, covering his face in the sad realisation that his World Cup dreams for this year were probably over.
This was confirmed by Southampton on Monday evening, who released the following statement on their website:
“Southampton Football Club can confirm that, following his injury on Saturday against Manchester City, Jay Rodriguez has been diagnosed as having suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament."
Les Reed, Director at Southampton went onto say how Rodriguez is “disappointed”, but is “determined to get back playing for Saints as soon as possible”
On Southampton’s twitter page, it said that Rodriguez was likely to be sidelined for around six months, ruling him out for the rest of the league season, but more importantly the World Cup.
With Rodriguez now gone, not only is that a huge blow for Southampton as he has scored 15 league goals this season, but Hodgson has to potentially think of other candidates to replace him to represent England at the World Cup in Brazil, which could maybe make room for a surprise inclusion in the squad.
We wish Jay Rodriguez a speedy recovery, and hopefully can return back to his best when he puts on the Southampton shirt again.