Southampton attacker Jay Rodriguez could make his return to action next week, according to Ronald Koeman's comments at his press conference today.
Rodriguez has been out since April 2014 with a serious knee injury, but he has been in training with the squad all week and Koeman is keen for the striker to step-up his recovery.
The Dutch boss wants to ease him back into competitive football as soon as possible and plans to give him some much-needed minutes for the development squad in the coming days.
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Rodriguez was Southampton's top scorer last season and has unquestionably been a big loss for the side.
The Saints have lacked a goalscorer at times this season, with Graziano Pelle's form slowing down, and Koeman admits that his side are stronger now that Rodriguez is back in contention.
Rodriguez celebrated his return to fitness by signing a contract which will keep him at St. Mary's until 2019 earlier in the week.
The former Burnley forward had been linked with Tottenham Hotspur in the Daily Mail, but his new deal ends any speculation over his future and Koeman is delighted to have such a key player tied down.