Southampton star Rodriguez can't wait to link up with Ronald Koeman

Jay Rodriguez

Southampton and England striker Jay Rodriguez is on the comeback trail, and can't wait to get back on the ball with new boss Ronald Koeman.

Southampton's top scorer from last season, Jay Rodriguez, is targeting a Premier League return by the time the Saints travel to face his beloved Burnley at Turf Moor in December.

Rodriguez, 24, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Southampton's 4-1 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in April. He had widely been expected to have been named in Roy Hodgson's 30-man England squad, until injury put an end to his World Cup dream.

But now Rodriguez, who is hitting all of his targets as he continues the recovery process with Southampton club staff, is looking forward to taking to the field for the Saints once again, under the leadership of new boss Ronald Koeman.

Koeman arrived at Southampton in June, having departed Feyenoord at the end of the 2013/14 season, in which his former side finished 2nd in the Eredivisie for the second time in three seasons.

During a tour of Southampton's new £30m training complex at their Staplewood base, Koeman met Rodriguez in the gym, with the former Burnley forward acknowledging the impressive CV of his new club manager.

“He is obviously a legend in the game and played at the very highest level. I am excited about working with him," Rodriguez told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"He asked me how the injury was and how I was getting on. It was only a very brief chat but it was nice to be able to meet him."

Speaking about a potential return to Turf Moor, the home of the club from whom he was signed and the team he supported as a boy, Rodriguez admitted that it was the first fixture he looked for following the release of next season's fixtures.

“I want to be able to be fit to play in that and go back to Burnley. That is certainly my aim. Seeing the Burnley fixture in December definitely helps with motivation and I really want to play a part."

“It will be great to go back and see all the fans and be able to play at Turf Moor again and see some of the players and people at the club."

“The Burnley game was the first fixture I looked out for."

Southampton commence pre-season training on July the 1st, when the rest of the first team squad will meet the new manager for the first time. Although Rodriguez will be absent from the group sessions, he admitted his desire to return to the fold as soon as possible, with an enthusiastic outlook on the future of the club with Koeman at the helm.

“I can’t wait to get back training again and working with him and hopefully it will be a good move for Southampton to bring him in.”

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