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Jay Rodriguez | Forward | #9

Team: Southampton
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 154

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Jay Rodriguez says he feels fully fit and is hoping for a quick return to first-team action after making his comeback for the Under-21s against Middlesbrough on Monday night.
The Saints striker has endured a stop / start couple of years since rupturing his ACL in April 2014 and Rodriguez was hoping to force his way back into the England squad for this summers’ European Championships in France. But a nerve problem in his foot effectively ended those dreams back in October. Rodriguez has made eight Premier League appearances this term – including two starts – and although the 26-year-old has not scored in the league he did get on the scoresheet in the Europa League and Capital One Cup before his setback. Graziano Pelle also confirmed earlier this week that he was over a niggling knee injury – the reason behind his recent goal drought – to further boost the Saints attacking options. Mar 16 - 7:53 AM

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Southampton have confirmed that striker Jay Rodriguez will go under the knife on Tuesday to remedy a niggling foot problem which has hampered the 26-year-old recently.

Rodriguez spent more than a year on the side-lines having ruptured his ACL back in April, 2014 and the England international was slowly returning to full fitness. However, the striker began to experience pain in his foot around 6-weeks ago which is believed to be linked to a nerve issue, and following a specialist consultation, surgery has been agreed as the best course of action. If all goes to plan then Rodriguez could miss around 8-weeks meaning a possible return against Man United in January. With Graziano Pelle suspended for the trip to City this week, Ronald Koeman may be forced into playing Sadio Mane or the fit-again Shane Long in a more advanced central role at The Etihad.
Source: Daily Echo
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 11:49:00 AM

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Jay Rodriguez is likely to need surgery to cure a persistent foot problem.

The Saints striker is said to be "hugely disappointed" by the news having fought so hard to return to fitness after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in April, 2014. This latest setback will effectively end any hopes of Rodriguez playing at next summers’ European Championship in France. The 26-year-old has been restricted to a bit part role in the Premier League this season – just two starts – however the England international did fare a little better in the League Cup and Europa League where he managed to score 3-times. A final decision will be made by Saturday and if, as expected, it’s agreed then Rodriguez will go under the knife early next week.
Source: Daily Echo
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 10:44:00 AM

Jay Rodriguez will miss this weekend's clash against Bournemouth.

Jay Rodriguez is dealing with a foot problem and will not be available for selection this weekend. Both him and Shane Long will miss out, while Mane is also absent due to a suspension. James Ward-Prowse is likely to get the start and he holds some value in a good matchup this weekend.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 01:00:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez was a notable absentee from the Southampton squad which arrived at Anfield for the final Premier League match of game week ten.

Ronald Koeman confirmed during Thursdays’ press conference that Rodriguez "is struggling a bit with his feet," and despite training this week the Dutchman decided to rest his striker. Rodriguez has struggled to recapture his pre-injury form since rupturing his cruciate ligament back in April 2014 and this latest setback is said to be a result of him pushing himself too hard. "He needs to recover from the pain to show what he can do as a player, and be patient, that's what he has to do now." Steven Davis, Victor Wanyama and James Ward-Prowse have all recovered from minor knocks while Maarten Stekelenburg is back in goal after missing out last weekend because of a back complaint.
Source: Daily Star
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 12:01:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez scored from the penalty spot in Southampton's 1-1 draw against Midtjylland.

The Southampton forward slotted in from a penalty to draw the match and give the Saints a chance at winning this match-up. They will have to go away from home and earn a win to go through, and that will prove difficult but not impossible. Rodriguez could start again this weekend but is not a sure option at this time.
Source: Daily Echo
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 11:03:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez started Southampton's first Premier League match of the season.

The forward missed the entirety of last season due to a severe knee injury and it's great to see him recover and play again. It will likely take Rodriguez a few weeks to get back to full speed but he definitely shouldn't be on any waiver wires and can be used in fantasy lineups as early as next week. Southampton look to have a potent attack this season and Rodriguez will be involved in goals as long as he stays on the pitch.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 07:24:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez put in a full shift and got on the score sheet late with a long-range strike to help Southampton earn a 1-1 draw with Espanyol.

With a couple of exceptions, Ronanld Koeman unsurprisingly named a much different XI than the one that took on Vitesse in Europa action on Thursday, and it was another chance for Rodriguez to show the ACL injury is completely behind him. The Saints conceded a goal in the first half but the defense were mistake free from then on. In the 85th minute, Espanyol were dispossessed in midfield and Rodriguez casually strolled toward the box before unleashing a well-struck blast from 25 yards out. It remains to be seen how soon Rodriguez can challenge for pitch time and with European competition, there is risk of rotation throughout the Southampton attack. He is certainly worth monitoring though. Cuco Martina and Steven Caulker were handed debuts today. Maya Yoshida is looking the favorite to partner Jose Fonte in Week 1, but be wary of Caulker. He will likely get a crack at some point.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 12:34:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez has looked very impressive in pre-season matches, especially considering he is coming off of an ACL injury.

Rodriguez missed the entirety of last season with the injury and had a number of set-backs that put his timetable back a few months. Despite that, he's looked great in his first few matches this season and he topped it off with a hat-trick yesterday in Southampton 10-0 rout of Quick 20. The opposition was well below Southampton's level but Rodriguez looked healthy and fit and it was encouraging to see him play a full match. If you don't believe us, you can see his third goal in the link below. It's also worth noting Rodriguez started next to Graziano Pelle and the duo seemed to be forming some good chemistry. Southampton has the potential for a lethal attack in the upcoming season.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 02:40:00 PM

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez marked his comeback from a long-term knee injury by scoring twice during his 45-minute second half cameo in Austria.

The Saints took on RB Leipzig but despite losing by the odd-goal in 9 Ronald Koeman can take a number of positives from the opener. Rodriguez was playing for the first time since rupturing his ACL at the Etihad back in April, 2014 while debutants Juanmi and Cedric Soares were impressive throughout. Rodriguez came to prominence during the 2013/14 season netting 15 times from 30 starts – creating 20 chances - and became a surprise contender for the England World Cup squad before injury ended any hopes of travelling to Brazil. Definitely a player to watch over the coming weeks although at £7 million in the official game managers may want to consider similar priced options – Cisse [£6.5] and Sakho [£7.0] – before committing on a player who failed to play any BPL minutes last season.
Source: HITC Sport
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 01:04:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez is expected to make his long awaited return from injury next Wednesday when Southampton take on RasenBallsport Leipzig in their first pre-season game in Austria.

Rodriguez hasn’t featured since rupturing his ACL at the Etihad back in April 2014 and following his lengthy recovery the striker is believed to be ready for action. The return of Rodriguez will be a welcome boost for Koeman as the Saints look to build upon their success of last season. However Southampton will have to do it the hard way again following the exit of England international Nathaniel Clyne and the impending departure of Morgan Schneiderlin. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster will also remain out until the New Year as he continues his recovery from a patellar tendon rupture.
Source: Daily Echo
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Jay Rodriguez will travel with Southampton for the final match of the season but will not be in the match squad.

Rodriguez is still recovering from numerous set-backs of his ACL injury and will not feature for a single minute this season. His recovery from an ACL injury has been extremely problematic and has us worries more than usual about his long term recovery. Rodriguez will go into next season with lowered expectations so he can probably be had for cheaper in fantasy leagues. He is a high risk, high upside pick late in drafts.
Source: Ben
Fri, May 22, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez has signed a new four-year deal with Southampton, according to Amy Lewis from Sky Sports.

Rodriguez has missed the entire season with a torn ACL and has suffered numerous setbacks during his recovery. The injury is certainly bringing his value back as no one knows if he'll ever be the same player again and the chances of another club signing him to a big money contract were not big. Rodriguez is hoping to return this season but his ultimate goal should be to remain 100% healthy next year, when he'll have the chance to earn a role at his club again. He is an extremely risky fantasy option next season but provides a big upside.
Tue, May 12, 2015 09:57:00 AM

Jay Rodriguez will miss another four to five weeks as he recovers from knee surgery.

Rodriguez has had multiple setbacks as he is recovering from a torn ACL and he won't be a fantasy option this season. Even if he returns with a few games left, he is very unlikely to get full playing time as his conditioning has to be extremely low after being out for almost a year. He can be a dark-horse type of pick next season if he can remain healthy during the summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 01:55:00 PM

Rumors are out that Manchester City could make a bid on Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is still recovering from a set-back that he suffered in his recovery from a torn ACL but is supposed to return soon and there are questions about how he'd fit at Southampton. With the club employing Dusan Tadic, Shane Long, Sadio Mane, and newcomer Eljero Elia at Rodriguez's position, it's not out of the question that they may decide to cash in £20m for the forward.
Source: Daily Echo
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 12:26:00 PM