Leeds United forward Rodrigo made his long-anticipated return from injury as the Whites twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
Alexis Mac Allister handed Brighton the advantage in the 33rd minute of the game before Patrick Bamford fired the equalizer in the latter stages of the first half.
The visitors restored the lead via an own goal from Jack Harrison just before the hour mark, but Harrison then scored at the right end in the 78th minute, and the points were split at the end of an entertaining contest.
One of many positives for Leeds on the day was the return from injury of their attacker Rodrigo as he replaced Bamford in the 66th minute to get some vital minutes under his belt as he aims to regain match sharpness sooner rather than later to help out his side in relegation mire at the moment.
Rodrigo was their chief source of goals in the first half of the season, but suffered an ankle injury against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup back in January, and the Whites’ have missed his presence sorely.
Rodrigo promises fans to be fully committed
After the Brighton clash, the Spain international has vowed on being fully focused on helping Leeds in their battle against relegation in the Premier League.
The 32-year-old took on social Media to express his thoughts after his injury return against the Seagulls.
The Leeds United striker wrote: “Satisfied to be back, it was not possible to win but it’s very important to get every single point.
“We are totally focused on fighting to the maximum all games until the end of the season, to achieve our goal, all united. MOT.”
Rodrigo did look sharp in his cameo off the bench as he made good runs and carried a threat.
Despite not making an appearance since January, he’s still the club’s top-scorer in the Premier League, and will be hoping to play an influential role in their survival scrap.
Currently, Leeds are sitting second-from-bottom, with just one point separating the 16th placed Leicester in the Premier League table.
Next up for Javi Gracia’s team is a trip to Molineux Stadium as they get ready to face Wolves.