Injured Hull winger Robert Snodgrass grateful for Norwich City’s support

Hull City's Robert Snodgrass in action. Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire.

Hull City's Robert Snodgrass in action. Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Former Canaries star Robert Snodgrass says Norwich City helped him 'get through' the latter stages of his career at Carrow Road.

Snodgrass is currently recovering from a serious knee injury sustained during his debut for Premier League side Hull City on the opening day of the season.

And in an interview with the Daily Record, the Scotland international claims he was struggling during the end of his spell at Norwich.

Snodgrass said: 'My knee had taken an absolute beating.

'People who have cartilage injuries get through them and, when you are in a relegation battle and fighting for your lives, you don't put your hands up. The physios at Norwich helped me a lot and really got me through things.'

Hull paid around £8m for Snodgrass last summer, but the dream move quickly went wrong.

'When I had the summer rest before going into Hull for pre-season, I thought it had made a huge difference,' he added. 'However, straight away in pre-season I felt a pain but never expected what happened next.

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'You just mentally programme yourself into being right, that you need to play and get out there and produce, then I made one twist and it exploded. I was going into tackles and receiving tackles which were 10 times worse, so it was hard to take.

'August 16 versus Queen's Park Rangers. First game of the season and just getting to know the boys at Hull. It was so tough to take, especially as I was just getting to know the fans and wanted to show them what I could do. It was the last thing I needed.

'I had so many things in my head, putting expectations on myself for big things that were happening. The move to Hull, the Scotland games.

'Some people say it is one step back to take two forward, that's what I need to get into my head.'

Snodgrass is refusing to set a timescale for his return to action.

'I will work as hard as I can and listen to the professionals to get myself back as fit as possible,' he said.'To start off with, you are getting the operation to heal, then strengthening to try to get the muscle back. Now I'm at the full strengthening bit and trying to build up everything to go on to a fast walk and jogging pace. Functional movements and games will be next for me. I will have pre-season at the beginning of next term, dropping perfectly into the schedule.'

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