Southampton star Jay Rodriguez returns to first-team training, one year after horror injury

The England international is set for a return before the end of the season.

Last season it looked as though Rodriguez was making a late surge to be part of the England team for the World Cup in Brazil.

The former Burnley star was in sensational form, scoring 17 goals by the end of March, when disaster struck.

He suffered a serious knee injury against Manchester City on the 5th April last year and has not played since. The England international was originally scheduled to be back before the New Year but he has suffered setbacks in his recovery.

This weekend will represent exactly a year after he first picked up the injury and things are finally looking up. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman gave a positive injury update on the player earlier today, suggesting the former Burnley forward was back in full training with the group.

The Dutchman is quoted by the Daily Echo as stating: “He is now on his last part of training with the group and that means that he will be normally in four or five weeks he will be ready for playing.”

So it seems J-Rod will be fit in about five weeks. Of course that does not mean Southampton fans will definitely get to see him before the end of the season.

The season ends on the 24th May, so there will be hope he can make some form of appearance before the campaign finishes.

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