Ronald Koeman has informed Southampton supporters at his press conference on Friday that Jay Rodriguez could still return to training before the end of the season.
Rodriguez has been out for the entire 2014/15 campaign so far, but it seems that he is edging closer to fitness.
The attacker damaged knee ligaments at the back end of the last campaign and his recovery process has been a lengthy one, but Koeman is still clearly optimistic that his return is not too far off.
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Rodriguez was Southampton's top scorer last term and their efforts this time around have been made all the more impressive by the fact that they have managed to sustain a top-four challenge without him.
The former Burnley man is obviously a key player for the side and not many other clubs across the division would have been able to compensate for a player of Rodriguez's talents so well.
When Rodriguez does return it will be interesting to see where he fits in under Koeman.
There has been much change at St. Mary's since he has been on the sidelines and he now faces competition for a place in the starting line-up from the likes of Sadio Mane and Eljero Elia.
It means that there is no guarantee he will be an automatic inclusion in Southampton's current squad, but the 25-year-old will simply be glad to be back playing again when he does return, as his absence has been so prolonged.