Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed at his press conference today that Jay Rodriguez could be named in the match-day squad for the last game of the season.
Rodriguez has not played since last April, when he picked up a serious knee injury, but is on the verge of returning to training and Koeman is hoping that he could make it back into contention before this campaign comes to a close.
The Dutchman expects Rodriguez to return to first-team training in the coming weeks and has suggested that he could be on the substitutes' bench against Manchester City.
Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 16, 2015
Koeman on Rodriguez's return: "The focus has to be on next season. We are not in a hurry – if he comes back, he has to be 100%." #saintsfc— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 16, 2015
Rodriguez was Southampton's most potent attacking weapon season, so for them to achieve such success without him is a huge achievement.
The Saints have added quality in the final third of the field and Rodriguez will be looking forward to linking up with some of his new teammates when he does return.
The 25-year-old has faced a frustrating time on the sidelines and will be looking to pick up where he left off when he does return.
Rodriguez had looked to be in the best form of his career when he picked up his injury and everyone at Southampton will hope that it hasn't impacted on his ability too much.