Press Association The England international only returned to action this season after 16 months out with cruciate damage but has now been sidelined since mid-October. Manager Ronald Koeman is baffled by the latest injury but Rodriguez could be facing another long spell out. Injury-hit Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez may need an operation to cure a mystery foot problem. “Jay is not good, we are disappointed,” Koeman said. “We did everything about his feet but looks like it could be surgery next week. “I don’t know what it is, you have to ask the doctor. The medical staff will make the final call about surgery, and if it’s yes I can tell something more about how long (he will be out). “It’s difficult for the player and for everybody, he has no problems about his knee and it’s a different injury. That takes him down mentally, but we will give total support to the player.” Another injury-hit Saints striker made his comeback this week, but Koeman was not entirely impressed with Shane Long’s appearance for Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifying win over Bosnia-Herzegovina. Long played most of the second half having trained just once following a five-week lay-off with an ankle problem. “I was surprised,” added the Dutchman. “Of course our doctor had contact with the medical staff of the Irish national team and my information was he still was not 100 per cent fit. “I don’t like to say more because that’s not the way; the way is to contact them and if we are not happy we have to tell them. That’s the first step. “He is now fit- because he played 40 minutes! But in my opinion a player needs more training before playing 40 minutes. “I understand it was a very important game, about qualification, but if I’m national coach I don’t put a player in after five or six weeks with only one training session. But that’s my personal opinion.”
The O’Learys won’t be running Don Poli, Empire Of Dirt or Outlander in the race as their dispute with British senior handicapper Phil Smith rumbles on. Smith has released a statement rejecting any claims of an ‘anti-Irish bias’ and insists that handicapping remains ‘subjective’. Carlingford Lough is now set to carry top weight.
Clemson announced on Friday that 23 football players have tested positive for coronavirus since returning to campus this month.Schools spokesman Jeff Kallin said that in all 28 people were found with COVID-19 since testing began for athletes and other personnel on June 8. Two football staffers and three athletes from other sports also tested positive. MORE: Lightning, Blue Jays halt training in Florida after multiple positive COVID-19 tests Those known to have close contact with those who tested positive have been asked to quarantine for at least 10 days. The athletic department said most of the total cases have been asymptomatic and no one has been hospitalised.Clemson is the latest program to see positive test results from athletes returning to school. Texas, Houston and SMU have all had football players test positive since voluntary workouts resumed.