Remember April? That was the month where high-flying Jay Rodriguez seemed to have worked his way into the discussions for the England squad at World Cup 2014.
It was also the month he suffered a crushing knee injury that would keep him out of Roy Hodgson’s plans. The initial prognosis was October, but was later amended to December as Rodriguez was billed by manager Ronald Koeman as a sort of transfer window acquisition.
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Now it seems even those hopes will go unfulfilled, as Rodriguez is yet another six weeks for suddenly-struggling Southampton.
“He had to make a step back in his recovery,” said Koeman.
“That was a pity as when we spoke about the squad in the pre-season I said Jay will be like a fantastic signing for December or January, and he isn’t.”
“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.”
Yuck. It’s the sort of thing you’d hardly wish on your worst enemy (Quiet, Pompey fans). Godspeed to Rodriguez as neutrals and Saints fans alike hope to see what he could do making runs off big Graziano Pelle and company.