Hull City wide man Robert Snodgrass has talked of his determination to return to action stronger than ever following his injury nightmare, reports The
The 13-cap Scotland international joined the Tigers for £7 million from Norwich City this summer, after they beat off the likes of Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers for his signature.
However, his joy at securing a place in a Premier League team was to be short-lived. Having played both legs of the Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round tie against AS Trencin, he suffered a horrific injury in Hull’s opening Premier League match at QPR.
The dislocated left kneecap will see the 27-year-old spend at least six to nine months out of action, leading to fears that his season may be over before it had really started.
Hull manager Steve Bruce has suggested a return in time for pre-season training next summer is a realistic target, but Snodgrass is refusing to set any specific come-back date. “I’m a day-to-day type of person. I try not to look too far ahead. I’ll do exactly the same with my rehab. It’s early doors just now. Who knows how I’ll be feeling in a couple of months but the start of my rehab has all been positive,” Snodgrass said.
He also stated his desire to return to action stronger than ever, saying: “Hundreds and thousands of players have had this injury in the past and they’ve come back stronger. That’s my aim. It’s up to you how you want to come back. Some lads believe they won’t come back stronger but I think it’s as much to do with the person and how you approach it mentally and physically. That’s the challenge for myself.”
Snodgrass’ time on the sidelines has given him the opportunity to scrutinise his team mates, and sees many positive indicators for the Tigers, who currently lie 11th in the Premier League table.
“It’s been a good start for them so long may that continue,” said Snodgrass. “We’re small steps away from achieving something spectacular to be honest. Any team that’s a goal threat will be dangerous and that’s how we’re looking at the moment. The recipe is there for a good side.”
Hull will be eyeing their next Premier League assignment with relish, as they face Arsenal who are suffering a well-documented injury crisis of their own.
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