Jay Rodriguez will be hoping to swiftly eradicate an injury stricken 2014 from his memory as he will see out the year with a further six weeks on the sidelines.
Subsequent to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in last seasons Premier League tie against Jay Rodriguez; not only did he miss the remainder of the season, but he was also thwarted in the opportunity to feature for England in Brazil at the World Cup.
Despite his constant injury setbacks, his former manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is keen to place a £20 million bid to land the former Burnley striker after a previous attempt failed in the summer.
But current Saints boss Ronald Koeman insists that the future of the 25-year-old lies at St Mary's and he will not allow the England international to leave.
"He is injured now but when he comes back, he will be essential for us to work with Graziano and Shane," the Dutchman explained. "After a big injury, you don't have to rush. He needs time and we are giving him the time to come back, but it's a pity because he's a great player.
"I think now, in this situation, he will not be available before the end of January."
Rodriguez a big miss
With huge fixtures beginning Southampton's 2015 campaign off such as Arsenal and Manchester United, it is a given that Rodriguez will be dearly missed by the club as they are yet to beat any of the "big teams".
But his return will be hugely anticipated as Ronald Koeman will be hoping that the striker can continue from the electric form that he last ended on with an impressive 15 goals last season, taking into account that he missed the final two months of the season.
Southampton, meanwhile, ended their six-match winless streak with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Everton at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon.