Owen Coyle has backed Rodrigo to play a key role for Bolton before the end of the season as he considers selecting the Spaniard for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Stoke.
Coyle has not had to make many changes to his side throughout the course of the campaign as the Trotters have performed consistently well.
However, he will not be able to select the same XI at Wembley as he did for the Premier League victory over West Ham, with on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge ineligible.
Rodrigo could therefore be given an opportunity after impressing Coyle with the way he has played in training and for the reserves.
"It has been a source of frustration that I have not been able to get him in the team," said the Bolton manager.
"We want real competition in every area in the park and we have that now."
Rodrigo, 20, moved to the Reebok Stadium last summer on a season-long loan from Benfica.
He has made regular appearances as a substitute but has started just three times in the Premier League, scoring one goal in the process.
Coyle added: "There is no doubt Rodrigo is a big talent and will have a big role to play between now and the end of season."
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