Southampton striker Rodriguez to be out for six months

Southampton top scorer Jay Rodriguez’ chances of making the England squad for this summer’s World Cup are now over after he was ruled out for six months with a serious ligament injury, reports the Guardian.

The former Burnley star was carried off on a stretcher during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Manchester City on Saturday. As he challenged for a high ball just inside the Man City half, Rodriguez landed awkwardly on his right knee.

Despite hope that the injury would not be as bad as feared, a scan on Monday showed that Rodrguez had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, which means that he will now miss the rest of this season, the World Cup, and the start of 2014-15.

This represents a major blow to England boss Roy Hodgson, who was in the stands to witness the incident on Saturday. The 66-year-old handed Rodriguez his first international cap against Chile in November, and his standout performances alongside England teammates Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert had put him very much in contention to go to Brazil.

Southampton head of youth development Les Reed said: “Everyone at the club now wishes Jay well and we will support him, along with his family. Jay has asked us to pass on his gratitude to everybody who has shown him their concern and sympathy. Jay is naturally disappointed, but is determined to get back playing for Southampton as soon as possible.”

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