Hull City star Robert Snodgrass has revealed his frustration at being ruled out for the entire season following a dislocated kneecap.
After losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup final in May, Hull were handed a place in the preliminary rounds of the Europa League, but defeat to Belgian side Lokeren ended their participation in the competition before they even had the chance to play in the group stages.
Regardless, manager Steve Bruce has been backed heavily in the transfer market, with the former Sunderland boss bringing Michael Dawson, Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diame, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez, Thomas Ince, Robert Snodgrass and Abel Hernandez to the KC Stadium in an ambitious transfer window.
However, one of those signings is already injured and will miss the entire season. Winger Snodgrass arrived from relegated Norwich City for £7m earlier this summer, but lasted just 40 minutes of the Tigers' opening day win over Queens Park Rangers after suffering a dislocated kneecap.
The Scottish international has now been ruled out until next summer, hence Bruce's decision to bring in Ramirez and Ben Arfa on season-long loan deals to compensate for Snodgrass' injury. The 27-year-old is naturally devastated to be missing out, and says it will take some time for him to come to terms with his absence.
"The diagnosis has been that's this season gone. If play any part, it will be a bonus," said the former Leeds United man. "It's been quite tough, especially with it being in the first game of the season. Football injuries happen to everybody, it's part and parcel of the game. But the timing of it is quite sickening. I've got to get my head around it."