World Cup - Injured Rodriguez out for rest of season

Jay Rodriguez faces six months on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, extinguishing the Southampton attacker's hopes of going to the World Cup.

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UNITED KINGDOM, Manchester : (FILES) In a file picture taken on April 5, 2014 Southampton's English striker Jay Rodriguez (floor) is taken off the pitch injured (AFP)

The forward landed awkwardly during Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City and Southampton confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

Saints confirm Rodriguez injury

The 24-year-old was in the running for a spot in England's 23-man squad, having enjoyed a fine season with Saints in which he netted 17 goals.

Such form saw Rodriguez handed his Three Lions debut in November's friendly against Chile, but his hopes of a spot on the plane to Brazil have been cruelly taken away.

Team-mate and fellow England hopeful Adam Lallana said: "Forget the decision for the offside, forget the result, forget everything. We're just disappointed for our team-mate getting injured. "We're all absolutely devastated for him – he's an unbelievable lad. He's proven this season what a player he is and he's got his rewards internationally."

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