SCOTLAND manager Gordon Strachan has backed Robert Snodgrass to bounce back stronger than ever after he was ruled out for six months.
The midfielder dislocated his kneecap on his league debut for Hull City against Queen’s Par Rangers after a £6 million summer move from Norwich City.
The 26-year-old will miss Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Germany, Georgia, Poland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as the November friendly against England.
Strachan is also without Scott Brown for the match in Dortmund on 7 September and the Celtic midfielder is a doubt for the double header against Georgia and Poland in October.
West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison is also struggling for the game against the world champions after missing pre-season following knee surgery. But Strachan’s main concern following the latest blow was for Snodgrass himself.
The Scotland coach said: “I am disappointed as Scotland national coach and I am disappointed for Steve Bruce at Hull City but, above all, I am hugely disappointed for Robert because I know how much football means to him, none more so than playing for his country.
“Robert has given everything to become the influential player he has, in the Barclays Premier League and in international football. He is a popular guy around the squad, has a first-class attitude and a work-rate that has taken him to the level he has attained.
“It’s a shame that this terrible injury has occurred at the start of a new season, with a new club and a new qualifying campaign to look forward to, but the best players overcome such adversity in the long run and I have no doubts Robert will do just that.”