Ronald Koeman clarifies Jay Rodriguez's situation at Southampton

Jay Rodriguez

Ronald Koeman has commented on Jay Rodriguez's injury status.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has told the Daily Echo that he doesn't know when Jay Rodriguez will be back in action for the club.

Rodriguez, 26, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury in April 2014, which caused him to miss the World Cup with England as well as the whole of last season.

This term, Rodriguez has been back on the field, mostly as a substitute for Koeman's Saints as the Dutchman looks to ease Rodriguez back in to first-team action.

Now though, Rodriguez has seemingly encountered another setback, with the forward currently suffering from foot pain, which is a cause for concern for manager Koeman.

Speaking to the Daily Echo ahead of tonight's game against Aston Villa, Koeman says that he doesn't know exactly when Rodriguez will be able to return from his latest injury, and bemoaned the fact that whilst his knee is okay, it's now another injury keeping Rodriguez sidelined.

"I don’t know. We have to wait," said Koeman when asked whether Rodriguez had suffered a serious setback. "I have a good hope that he was starting this week from yesterday on, to come back in the team but still it’s too painful in his feet and that stops a little bit what I was expecting."

"It’s always difficult for the player because he had a long time to recover and come back after the injury, the knee was okay and something else makes it difficult. Be patient and keep positive is the most important [thing] at the moment," he added.

Rodriguez's ability to play out wide or up front made him a potent attacking force for the Saints, particularly during the 2013-14 season, where he hit 17 goals in all competitions.

That makes him a huge loss for Koeman, but the Dutchman seems hopeful that the England international will be back on the field at some stage in the near future.

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