Southampton's Jay Rodriguez: I'm faster and stronger after injury

Southampton attacker Jay Rodriguez has been out for a prolonged period of time.

Southampton attacker Jay Rodriguez has told BBC Sport that he has improved during his time out injured.

Rodriguez has missed the entire 2014/15 campaign after picking up a knee problem back in April 2014, and it has understandably been a frustrating time for the 25-year-old.

However, Rodriguez has been determined to make it a productive spell away from the team and says that he has got better in a number of areas during his time being forced to watch competitive action from afar.

"I've got stronger mentally, because it's been a tough time," Rodriguez said.

"Physically I've improved my stats. That's what I wanted to get out of this. I've improved my speed and strength."

If Rodriguez has made progress in the areas that he claims he has, then he should return to the pitch a very dangerous player.

The former Burnley man finished last season as the Saints' top-scorer and will enhance the quality of their squad considerably when he does comeback.

That said, Southampton have coped admirably without Rodriguez during his time on the sidelines.

Ronald Koeman’s side have shown their attacking quality throughout the season and Rodriguez will face a fight to win his spot in the team back.

It is possible that the England international could make his return on Sunday against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium – ironically the ground at which he sustained his problematic injury 13 months ago.

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