Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says that Jay Rodriguez is still some way off a return to training, even though his comeback is going well.
Rodriguez has missed the entirety of the campaign so far after picking up a knee injury towards the back end of last season, but his return to action is not imminent according to Koeman's update on Thursday.
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The news is not what Southampton supporters would have been hoping to hear - as Rodriguez was originally estimated to be back around this time, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 24-year-old's prolonged absence only makes Southampton's achievements this season all the more remarkable, though.
Rodriguez was one of the Saints' key men last term, but they have coped with his injury brilliantly as others have stepped up to the plate.
As a result, when Rodriguez does return to the squad he is likely to join a team fighting for a place in the Champions League.
Koeman's men are currently in third place and they will only need to sustain their form for another 16 games if they are to complete what would be an incredible season.
To give themselves the best chance of doing that they will need the majority of their key players available to them, and in that sense the Dutch manager did have some good news.
Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin have all been on the treatment table of late, but Koeman believes they are not too far away from fitness.