Jay Rodriguez ruled out for six months

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Sunderland during their Premier League match on January 18, 2014
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Southampton confirm that Jay Rodriguez will be sidelined for around six months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Southampton have confirmed that Jay Rodriguez will be sidelined for around six months due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

The 24-year-old forward suffered the injury on Saturday when he landed awkwardly during the Saints' 4-1 defeat at Manchester City in the Premier League.

Rodriguez will now miss the rest of the season as well as this summer's World Cup in Brazil, where he was expected to be part of the England squad.

"Jay has asked us to pass on his gratitude to everybody who has shown him their concern and sympathy," executive director Les Reed told Southampton's official website.

"Jay is naturally disappointed, but is determined to get back playing for Southampton as soon as possible."

Rodriguez had scored 17 goals in 39 games for Southampton this season before being injured.

Jay Rodriguez of Southampton goes down injured after landing awkwardly during the Barclays Premier League match against Manchester City on April 5, 2014
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