Martinez: Leandro Rodriguez needs a full pre-season to stop injury woes

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez needs a full pre-season in order to try and stem the injuries that have blighted his season.

The South American’s progress has been stunted by the injuries and now Martinez feels he will benefit from having a good pre-season to try and get up to full fitness and then the club can assess whether he will fit in with the first team.

“Leandro has been different.

“Leandro has picked up a lot of soft tissue injuries which is a sign when you have to change the physical requirements of a league and the intensity work you need in this league.

“He is still a young man, that his body is still developing and Leandro will need a full pre-season now before we can see where he is.

“His period with Brentford was a real shame because he picked up an injury when those games were very good for him.

“He played against Blackburn for 90 minutes and played just before 45 minutes against Nottingham Forest where he got injured and those seven games programme for him in the Championship was what he needed.

“Leandro is still a very young man, he is a goal-scorer but in order to get in the positions he normally gets he needs to get that physicality and I feel that after next pre-season we will know exactly where Leandro is.”

 

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