Scotland playmaker Robert Snodgrass has been told he will have to convince Hull City’s medical team that he has recovered from his ankle injury before he joins up with his country for next Friday’s World Cup qualifying clash against England.
The 29-year-old has been named in Gordon Strachan’s squad for the Wembley encounter even though he has been sidelined since October 22 with the problem.
Snodgrass was not expected to be available for the Tigers until the crucial bottom of the table Premier League game at Sunderland a week after the eagerly-anticipated Group F match but is determined to be involved in the Auld Enemy showdown.
However, Hull manager Mike Phelan insists the player will not be allowed to jeopardise his long-term fitness with the club in the relegation zone.
Phelan, speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, said: “He’s dead set on playing but he’s got to be fit first, I would have thought.
“His ankle injury at first looked very severe. It did look bad but it has settled quickly.
“He will push himself I’m sure but we have to be realistic and look at it medically as well as what he wants to do. At this present moment in time he’s in control of trying to get fit and get that ankle working again.”