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Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez could need ankle surgery

Southampton v Midtjylland - UEFA Europa League: Play Off Round 1st Leg

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Jay Rodriguez of Southampton scores from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Play Off Round 1st Leg match between Southampton and Midtjylland at St Mary’s Stadium on August 20, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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More bad news for Jay Rodriguez, as the Southampton striker may need surgery to fix an ankle problem.

Rodriguez missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in April of 2014, finally making his return to the side this past August.

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However, the 26-year-old has not played since injuring his ankle against Leicester City in October, and has not been able to recover with just rest.

Ahead of Southampton’s match this weekend against Stoke City, manager Ronald Koeman said they must now make a “really tough decision” on how to move forward with Rodriguez’s injury.

Jay is not good, it’s now a long time and we have to make a really tough decision how we have to do the treatment.

His foot is still a problem, it gives a lot of pain. We did everything and now, the final call, maybe it will be surgery next week. We have to wait and first make that tough decision and then of course we will know something more about how long he will be out.

Rodriguez signed for Southampton from Burnley in 2012, and was a key player in Saints’ success in the Premier League. Rodriguez led the team with 15 goals during the 2013-14 campaign, despite missing the final month of the season after tearing his ACL.

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His form that season helped Southampton finish 8th on the table, which at the time was the club’s highest ever finish in the top flight. He also earned a call-up to the England national team, making his first and only appearance in a friendly against Chile.