Saints’ Rodriguez could feature before season’s end

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez has targeted a March return to action despite manager Ronald Koeman’s previous worries he would miss the whole season, according to the Daily Mail.

The one time England international suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage last April which cruelly ruled him out of England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil, with the striker netting 17 goals in 40 appearances before his injury.

It was hoped that Rodriguez would be fit in time for the festive period but having suffered a setback in attempts to regain full fitness he was left still searching for a full recovery.

Koeman had stated last week that the health of the player was paramount in any recovery and that the 25-year-old would not be rushed back into the side – even if he missed the rest of the season.

However club doctors have given him the all clear and the player is said to be working as hard as possible to get some form of game time under his belt in the remaining fixtures.

The likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been monitoring his recovery as they still hold strong interest in the striker’s services, despite his current injury status.

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