Video: Southampton players' brilliant gesture as Jay Rodriguez returns to training

Southampton Football Club

Southampton attacker Jay Rodriguez stepped up his return from injury today.

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez was clapped back onto the training field by his teammates after he made his return from injury today.

Rodriguez has been out for over a year with a knee complaint that he picked up towards the back end of the 2013/14 campaign and the entire Southampton squad appeared to be delighted to welcome him back into action today.

Rodriguez was a key player for the Saints prior to his injury and the hope is that his injury problems will not have affected his game too much.

The 25-year-old appeared to be on the road to stardom before his progress was cruelly halted in its tracks. A serious injury cost him the chance of going to the World Cup with England and playing a role in Southampton's current campaign, but he will be looking to bounce back now.

Ronald Koeman's side have coped admirably in Rodriguez's absence, but his return adds further attacking quality to a squad which is bursting with talent.

Rodriguez was Southampton's top scorer last season with 17 goals and he will be aiming to have a similar impact when he is fully fit again.

That is unlikely to be before the summer, but Rodriguez will be raring to go in 2015/16 and will have been delighted to be back among his club colleagues on Wednesday. 

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