Jay Rodriguez's World Cup dream is over after it was confirmed that the England forward suffered serious knee ligament damage during Southampton's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.
Rodriguez jarred his right knee after landing awkwardly while challenging for a high ball midway through the first half on Saturday and the swelling in the damaged area was so bad that the 24-year-old had to wait until Monday afternoon for a scan.
Although Roy Hodgson had said that he was "still hoping against hope" that the injury was not as serious as it first looked, Southampton always feared the worst and the results of the scan showed that Rodriguez has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. The club said he would have a "routine operation" shortly and be out for six months.
"Everyone at the club now wishes Jay well and we will support him, along with his family," Southampton's head of football development, Les Reed, said. "Jay has asked us to pass on his gratitude to everybody who has shown him their concern and sympathy. Jay is naturally disappointed, but is determined to get back playing for Southampton as soon as possible."
The loss of Rodriguez represents another blow for England, who are already without Theo Walcott for this summer's tournament in Brazil. The Arsenal forward suffered the same injury as Rodriguez in the victory over Tottenham in January.
Rodriguez has been capped once by Hodgson, appearing in a 1-0 defeat by Chile in a friendly in November, and has been in the past two England squads. He has been in outstanding form for Southampton, scoring 17 goals in all competitions this season.