Hull City manager Steve Bruce confirmed today that Robert Snodgrass will be involved in the first team squad against Derby County on Friday night.
Bruce told the local press on Thursday morning that winger will be named as a substitute for the televised clash with Paul Clement’s Rams.
Should Snodgrass make an appearance off the bench – it will end fourteen months of torment for the Scotland international who dislocated his kneecap forty minutes into his first (and so far only) league start for The Tigers at Loftus Road on the opening day of last season.
Snodgrass arrived from Norwich City earlier that summer for around seven million pounds as a much heralded signing. Most City fans will remember him almost single-handedly winning and rescuing games for rivals Leeds United at the KC Stadium in the past. He was a key part of the Norwich City team that got themselves relegated from the Premier League to the amazement of many and his reputation as a dead ball specialist whom Steve Bruce had long coveted whet the appetite.
Unfortunately due to the serious injury suffered, that ill-fated QPR game and the two legs of the Europa League Third qualifying round against Slovakians AS Trencin have been his only appearances in black and amber to date. He’s since embarked on the long road to recovery although given the club’s injury record last season – it wasn’t a lonely one at least.
Snodgrass made a return to action in the recent U21 cup fixture with Crewe Alexandra and has completed ninety minutes of the youngster’s games with Bolton and Birmingham – grabbing a goal in the latter fixture. Steve Bruce has seen enough to deem him ready for a return to full-blooded competitive action.
HCST are delighted to see Robert Snodgrass return to the first team fold. Not just because he’s a huge asset to the club and the first team but because he’s a young man who’s lost a year of a fine career and has shown the physical and mental strength to return – hopefully as good as new.
Welcome back, Robert.