After a great start for the young striker scoring in his first two games for the U-21 side he has seen his season derailed by hamstring issues. Everton had hoped Leandro Rodriguez could push for first side playing time this season, but that has largely evaporated due to the injuries.
He returned for two games last month, but the injuries hampered him and he went back on the shelf. He's likely to return before the holiday on the second side, but speculation is he could play out the season on a loan to get first side playing time elsewhere. Preparing him as an option for 2016 to make his push for a spot on the Everton first team.
Rodriguez was signed this past window for £500,000 from River Plate Montevideo in Uruguay. At 23 years of age he should be expected to push for playing time on the big club next year and hopefully injuries don't limit him any more. If Rodriguez is a future player in the first team it seems likely he'll be expected to make an impact when Arouna Kone's new contract ends next year. Another injury or poor performance will force Everton though to look for another option next summer.