Hull City winger Robert Snodgrass describes nightmare 16 months spent on the sidelines

Hull City KC Stadium

The Scotland winger finally made his return during the Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester City in mid-week.

Hull City winger Robert Snodgrass has described the nightmare he endured as he spent over a year on the sidelines trying to battle back from a dislocated kneecap, the Yorkshire Post reports.

The Scotland international joined the Tigers at the beginning of last season for £7m (via the Yorkshire Post), but a horrific injury on his Premier League debut for the club kept him out of the action for 16 months. And Snodgrass explained how difficult it was to cope with an injury that took so long to heal. 

"It's been the toughest challenge of my life. No question about it - I realised that a few months into the injury," he said.

"With injuries like the one Michael Dawson has with his hamstring, you can see improvement week to week.

"But a year down the line, I was still out and it was a very challenging battle and I have come through that side. And Tuesday was why I was brought to the club; to be out there in front of crowds and showing people what I can do," he added.

The former Leeds United captain made his long-awaited return in midweek when the Championship high-flyers were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Manchester City. Having been brought on for the final 20 minutes at the Etihad, Snodgrass may well be pushing for a starting spot in Hull's next game, which coincidentally, sees Steve Bruce's men travel to Elland Road to face his former club. 

As the 28-year-old has spent over a year out, very few will be expecting Snodgrass to hit the ground running instantly. Instead, it is probably much fairer to say that the next stage of his recovery begins now as he moves towards full fitness. 

With a hefty amount being spent to bring him to the KC Stadium however, the winger may well feel the pressure, further down the line, to drive the club back to the top flight.

But - after 16 months away - for now, Snodgrass will just be concentrating on enjoying being back out on the pitch.

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