BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Robert Snodgrass is in line to make his long-awaited competitive comeback tonight after Hull City boss Steve Bruce confirmed the Scotland star will be on the bench against Derby County.
The 28-year-old suffered a horrific dislocated kneecap on his Tigers debut against QPR 15 months ago, following a £7 million switch from Leeds United.
However, the 15-times capped attacker has emerged manfully from a gruelling rehabilitation programme.
Snodgrass has completed 90 minutes for Hull’s second string on two occasions in the past 10 days, and scored his first goal in 19 months when he netted against Birmingham City’s under-21 side on Monday.
And Bruce is adamant the next milestone is for the ex-Livingston and Leeds United forward to return to the senior fold.
The KC Stadium gaffer said: “He’s done everything he possibly can to get back fit and we’re delighted to see him back part of the squad again.
“The way he played for the under-21 side on Monday and the way he has trained, the next stage is to play. He’s as ready as he’s ever going to be.
“The key is not to expect too much too soon. It’s 15 or 16 months he’s been out, but I’ve spoken with him and he was delighted. He was excited as well so it’s good for him. It should give him a lift that we’ve got confidence in him.”
Snodgrass tweeted: “Buzzing to be back in the squad for game vs Derby.”