Players' tribute to teammate J-Rod

Jay Rodriguez

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Mauricio Pochettino said it was the idea of the entire club for the players to show support for injured star Jay Rodriguez during the pre-match warm-ups on Saturday.

Rodriguez was watching on from the stands, following the horror knee injury he suffered a week previously, in the 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.

However, despite his absence from the line-up, he was still firmly on the minds of the rest of the squad.

Daily Echo:

As his teammates emerged for their pre-match warm-ups, ahead of the clash with Cardiff, each one wore a top with a ‘9’ – Rodriguez’s squad number – printed on the back.

“It was the club’s idea,” said Pochettino.“It was basically everybody involved with the club had the idea to support him. He has our full support in this really tough time that he is going through, and we want him to get as better as possible, as soon as possible.”

Without top scorer Rodriguez in their line-up, Saints were unable to breach a Cardiff defence that had conceded 32 goals on their travels this season before Saturday’s contest.

The absence of the 15-goal England forward certainly appeared to harm the hosts’ chances, although Pochettino suggested it was only natural that people would point to that factor as one of the reasons for the defeat.

“Of course, when you lose, you always miss the players that are out. That always happens,” he said.

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7:29am Mon 14 Apr 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Stronger and more talented , YOU will return , J rod , and once again you will fire and unleash your skill at the opposition . Age & fitness is on your side for a speedy return to wear the shirt again with pride . C O Y R and beat this toughest match for you soon .
Stronger and more talented , YOU will return , J rod , and once again you will fire and unleash your skill at the opposition . Age & fitness is on your side for a speedy return to wear the shirt again with pride . C O Y R and beat this toughest match for you soon . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
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12:59pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Pity their performance didn't match the sentiments, never mind, a wake up call I hope and it will be addressed and won't happen again until the next time.
Pity their performance didn't match the sentiments, never mind, a wake up call I hope and it will be addressed and won't happen again until the next time. OSPREYSAINT
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1:53pm Mon 14 Apr 14

pitbull says...

A tribute to Jay, come on guys, he's injured, he hasn't died.

The title should say "Players show support for Jay"

Wishing Jay a speedy recovery.
A tribute to Jay, come on guys, he's injured, he hasn't died. The title should say "Players show support for Jay" Wishing Jay a speedy recovery. pitbull
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2:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

promised land says...

pitbull wrote:
A tribute to Jay, come on guys, he's injured, he hasn't died.

The title should say "Players show support for Jay"

Wishing Jay a speedy recovery.
Checkout the word tribute. You will find it's contained in your quote, "support"
[quote][p][bold]pitbull[/bold] wrote: A tribute to Jay, come on guys, he's injured, he hasn't died. The title should say "Players show support for Jay" Wishing Jay a speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]Checkout the word tribute. You will find it's contained in your quote, "support" promised land
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4:22pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

pitbull wrote:
A tribute to Jay, come on guys, he's injured, he hasn't died.

The title should say "Players show support for Jay"

Wishing Jay a speedy recovery.
If he was dead the black armbands would have been for him, as it was they were in Memorium of the Hillsborough disaster. Hopefully Jay Rod will make a full recovery, but there is still the chance it could be a career ending injury, never forget that. For a young man at the start of a great career to be hit like this must be devastating, he will need all the support we can give.
[quote][p][bold]pitbull[/bold] wrote: A tribute to Jay, come on guys, he's injured, he hasn't died. The title should say "Players show support for Jay" Wishing Jay a speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]If he was dead the black armbands would have been for him, as it was they were in Memorium of the Hillsborough disaster. Hopefully Jay Rod will make a full recovery, but there is still the chance it could be a career ending injury, never forget that. For a young man at the start of a great career to be hit like this must be devastating, he will need all the support we can give. OSPREYSAINT
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