Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez is eager to return to first-team action after returning from a foot injury.
The Saints star has been unfortunate with injuries in recent seasons and his latest set-back came in mid-October, as Southampton drew 2-2 with Leicester City.
Rodriguez was only just finding his feet again, after he was sidelined for over a year with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, when injury once again hit leaving 26-year-old frustrated.
Back in action
Now fully fit Rodriguez has been in full training with Ronald Koemans first team in recent weeks and has also featured in the Saints under 21 side.
After returning to playing action for Martin Hunter’s U21’s side, as they beat Hartlepool, the striker told Saints official website: “It was nice, it was a tough game but it was nice to get out there and get a good run out.”
He continued: “I feel fully fit now, I think it’s just obviously [improving my] match fitness and by playing, hopefully I can improve.”
With Koeman unable to field January signing Charlie Austin up-front due to injury, he may well introduce Rodriguez back into the fold from the substitutes bench soon, leaving Graziano Pelle and Shane Long to continue their run up top for the Saints.
On bidding for a return to first-team action Rodriguez said: “I feel now that I’ve played a game, a competitive game, it’s just a case of see what happens and just and work hard and keep on improving.”
Saints looking up
With the Saints returning to form against Stoke City last time out, in a hard fought 2-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium, they now find themselves seventh in the Premier League and continue to chase a European place.
With Rodriguez now fit, the Saints chances are looking good, particularly if they can take three points from this weekend's game against Liverpool, who are level on points with the south coast club.