Updates from Friday, April 11
Mauricio Pochettino provides an update on Jay Rodriguez, via Southampton's official Twitter:
Pochettino: “Jay has been coming to the training ground every day, and he’s started his recovery already. He’s in high spirits.” #saintsfc— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 11, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 7
Southampton have announced the extent of Jay Rodriguez's injury:
Jay Rodriguez was in the midst of an excellent season for Southampton. On Saturday, that season very well may have come to an end.
Rodriguez appeared to badly injure his left knee in the 23rd minute in Southampton's match against Manchester City, to the point that the game had to be halted. From the Premier League's Twitter account:
Eventually, out came the stretcher, per ESPNFC:
And for fans who were perhaps hoping the injury might have looked worse than it actually was, well, this tweet from Eurosport might dash such optimistic thoughts:
LATEST: Jay Rodriguez will be taken to hospital, reports say, after serious injury v Man City. https://t.co/yrajUQ3Xb6— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) April 5, 2014
It's such a devastating injury for a player who has been on such excellent form of late, as Iain Macintosh of the Mirror noted:
Oh no. Jay Rodriguez is done. Five goals in his last four games, but this looks bad.— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) April 5, 2014
And it's even worse when you consider that, alongside teammate Adam Lallana, Rodriguez may have been playing himself right onto the England national team ahead of this year's World Cup. Men in Blazers sympathized:
Gutter to watch Jay Rodriguez. A young talent stretchered off, head in hands, fearing his World Cup dreams have just been eviscerated— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) April 5, 2014
PhysioRoom.com reported manager Mauricio Pochettino's comments after the match on the injury:
Southampton came into this match fresh off a 4-0 drubbing of Newcastle, in which he, Lallana and Lambert all scored. After, he had nothing but glowing praise for his two teammates and fellow England internationals, as he told Saints Player (via TheFA.com):
It’s unbelievable for the three of us. We work well together and we work hard for each other. It’s an honest relationship and I’ve learned so much from Adam and Rickie—they’re both great players, and it’s a pleasure to play alongside them.
I think we’re very focused on the fact that we know we’ve got to work hard to keep playing well for Southampton, and that’s all we’re concentrating on at the moment.
We’re working hard for each other, and I think you can see that it’s paying off with the results we’re getting and the fact that we’re complementing each other’s games.
Rodriguez has been nothing short of superb for Southampton this season. He's scored 18 goals and added three assists in all competitions, with 15 of those tallies coming in the Premier League, a team high. He's earned a very solid 7.1 average match rating from WhoScored, making him one of the club's top performers on the year.
All eyes will now turn to the medical report, hoping that Rodriguez's World Cup hopes haven't been dashed. While Southampton are neither in danger of falling into the relegation zone nor launching themselves into a qualifying spot for Europe next season, the loss of Rodriguez will be felt, especially on the score sheet.
The hope will be that his injury indeed looked worse than it was. For now, however, the expectations are more grim than that.