Jay Rodriguez has gives Southampton another boost ahead of the busy Christmas period by confirmed that his recovery from injury is going well.
The 25-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Manchester City last season which ruined his World Cup dream with England.
The progress of the recovery is sure to make the Southampton faithful eager for their hit-man's return, especially if he can get back to the level he was at prior to the injury.
Rodriguez has confirmed via a post on his official website that he is back kicking footballs and is excited to be back playing again following a informative trip to the Adidas HQ in Nuremburg.
"We went through all the options and got the absolute best advice on what boots, studs, materials are on offer as I enter this final stage of recovery" he stated.
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"...I’m now kicking balls about incidentally, and making good progress and I can’t wait to be back playing."
Boost to the squad
Rodriguez's return will provide a massive boost to both Koeman and his playing squad, as well as the fans at St. Mary's.
For Koeman it will provide another excellent option in the final third. With Sadio Mane, Shane Long, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle all in good form after ten Premier League games, another body in the squad can only be a positive.
With Rodriguez it is not just any player that he will be getting either. For prior to his injury, Rodriguez was in superb form with 17 goals to his name.
If he can regain such goalscoring prowess and the Saints remain in good form, there is no reason why the English striker could not help his side secure a top four place at the end of the season.