Robert Snodgrass has praised the Leeds and Norwich fans who have helped him on his path back from injury.
Scottish international winger Snodgrass moved to Hull City in the summer, becoming one of Steve Bruce’s many signings for the Tigers.
He made his debut on the opening day of the Premier League season, but failed to last even one half of Hull’s 1-0 victory over QPR. Falling awkwardly, the 27-year-old dislocated his kneecap, leaving him with ligament and cartilage damage that will keep him out until the new year.
It was a terrible start to the new part of his career, having left Norwich City in the summer following their relegation to the Championship, and he is still only in the early stages of recovery, completing light training work as he looks to return to fitness. And whilst the physical side of his body is on the mend, Snodgrass told the Hull Daily Mail that the mental battle on the route to recovery is just as hard.
The 15-capped Scot said: "I've got my head around the fact it's going to be a long while out but I don't think it firmly sinks in.
"There's no recipe or magic wand to get your head right. At 3pm on a Saturday you see everyone playing and it's quite difficult to take.
"In terms of that you'll never be 100 per cent with yourself but instead you get your own daily routine going.
"I'm excited for all the little steps I take through the injury. The first seven weeks have been tough. The first six weeks I had a knee brace on to keep my leg straight. I was sleeping in that so it was tough.
"Now it's just a lot of strengthening. The thigh muscle and the calf muscle, telling them to wake up and work again. That's the stage we're at now. Pool and rehab work."
The path back to fitness has not been easy, but Snodgrass revealed that fans of his former clubs have been helping him with messages of encouragement.
He added: "I've had so many people wishing me well through Twitter. It's been really nice. I've had a great reaction from all the Hull fans but also from Norwich and Leeds fans too.
"That's really good to hear.
"It keeps you going through the hard times, knowing people want you back."
Snodgrass rose to prominence with Leeds, having joined them in 2008, and going on to make over 150 appearances for the Whites. A fan favourite during his spell with the club, the dedication shown to their former hero represents the family mentality that has been a key part of life at Elland Road for a number of years - with the hallowed Whites shirt a part of your history to cherish.