Mauricio Pochettino may now be forced to look elsewhere…
Jay Rodriguez has suffered a setback in his recovery from a cruciate injury, potentially ruining Tottenham’s plans to sign the striker.
Rodriguez’s former manager Mauricio Pochettino is now at Spurs, and has been linked with a move for his former charge.
“He had to make a step back in his recovery,” the BBC quote the striker’s current manager Ronald Koeman as saying.
“That was a pity as when we spoke about the squad in the pre-season I said Jay will be like a fantastic signing for December or January, and he isn’t.”
“I think now, in this situation, he will not be available before the end of January.”
Southampton will also have Dusan Tadic, Jack Cork and youngster Jake Hesketh out injured for Saturday’s trip to Everton.
After a strong start to the season, Saints have lost their last five games. Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for the forward over the last few months, as their own season started poorly.
With the January window looking like it could close before Rodriguez is fit enough to complete a medical, his rumoured move to White Hart Lane might have to wait until the summer.