The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

ROBERT Sn­od­grass thinks his re­turn from a lengthy in­jury lay-off will be like start­ing his Hull City ca­reer all over again.

The 28-year-old joined the Tigers from Nor­wich City in June 2014 but man­aged to make just three ap­pear­ances be­fore dis­lo­cat­ing his kneecap in the first game of last sea­son.

It has now been 14 months since the Scot­land mid­fielder fea­tured for the Tigers, but fol­low­ing an in­tense re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process he will re­join full train­ing on Mon­day.

“It’s tough but I’m smil­ing and fight­ing,” he said.

“I’ve been think­ing about the re­turn date and it will be like start­ing over again.

“I have been in the phys­io­ther­a­pist’s room more than the dress­ing room of late, but I’m en­joy­ing the train­ing, tak­ing on the chal­lenges as they are put in front of me and tick­ing the boxes.”

Nor­wich fans saw the best of Sn­od­grass in the 2013-14 sea­son when he fin­ished as joint-top scorer with seven goals, de­spite play­ing in mid­field.

His ex­pert de­liv­ery from set-pieces and goal threat meant he was an ex­cit­ing prospect when Hull man­ager Steve Bruce paid £6m for his ser­vices.

And with the Tigers hav­ing made a good start to their Cham­pi­onship cam­paign, Sn­od­grass’s re­turn from in­jury could act as an added boost in their chase for an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the top flight.

“I’ve been work­ing re­ally hard and this in­jury is one that when you’re out­side and run­ning it gives you nit­tygritty pains here and there,” Sn­od­grass added.

“The med­i­cal depart­ment have moved at a pace go­ing off my feed­back, but I’ve worked closely to see a strength pro­gramme that would be right for me to try and get in the first team.

“It was tough to move at that pace – be­ing con­trolled by sur­geons and phys­ios is dif­fi­cult – but they can’t hold me back much longer.”

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