Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass has confirmed that he plans to return from a long-term knee injury in time for Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Germany in September.
The 27-year-old, who moved to the KC Stadium from Norwich last summer, suffered a dislocated knee on his Tigers debut in August and has not kicked a ball in anger for the club since.
Snodgrass’ absence has been a huge miss for Hull boss Steve Bruce as his side languish in 16th position in the Premier League table, just a point clear of safety.
The former Livingston, Leeds and Canaries star is hoping that his club side can avoid relegation to the Championship, while his personal aim is to return early in the new season.
Looking at his country’s ambitions of qualifying for next year’s European Championships in France, Snodgrass feels the autumn qualification matches against Georgia in Tbilisi on September 4 followed by the visit of world champions Germany to Hampden three days later, is a realistic target.
He said: “My aim is to try and get back for next season. It’s up to myself to try and do that.
“But I’d love to be involved with Scotland for the September games. That is a date I’ve got noted in the back of my head. But I can’t look too much at that because the first thing I need to do is get fit.
“Hopefully they are still in the hunt for qualification when I get back. The lads have done terrific and it’s great to watch.”
Scotland are currently third in Group D – three points adrift of leaders Poland and level on points with Germany and the Republic of Ireland – and can be backed at 15.00 to qualify for next year’s finals.