Midfielder determined to play a key role for CanariesJONNY Howson is keen to keep his place in City’s side despite the imminent return of Alexander Tettey from injury.
The former Leeds man had struggled to displace Tettey or Bradley Johnson from central midfield in the middle part of the season, but has started the last four games in the Norwegian international’s absence through a hamstring injury.
Chris Hughton confirmed that Tettey is available for selection again after returning to fitness, but Howson is determined to stay in contention for Saturday’s trip to Wigan Athletic, although he emphasises the needs of the team are ahead of any individual.
“Now I’ve had a run of games, hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in the side,” said the 24-year-old at City’s pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon at Carrow Road.
“Alex is back in training now, (David) Fox is there, Bradley Johnson has been good all season and Wes is there too. You can never switch off as a player.
“For me personally, I would obviously have liked to have played a few more games, but it’s not about individuals; it’s about the team.”
Howson doesn’t under-estimate the importance of the trip to the DW Stadium, but believes the battle for Premier League survival will be decided late in the season and certainly not after Saturday’s game, regardless of the result.
“It’s always going to go down to the wire,” he added.
“The majority of the times it goes down to the last few games, but the players and the staff take each one as it comes. You can only affect the next game and that’s what we’ll be doing.
“It’s a big game because Wigan are down there as well, but the outcome won’t be decided on Saturday. If we put everything into it like we have done all season, then hopefully we’ll be ok.”
Despite the Latics’ unpredictable season up to now, Howson says that he and his team-mates will be getting ready for the game in their usual thorough manner.
“Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get from Wigan,” he said.
“If you’re asking from my point of view and the team’s point of view, though, then we’re going to prepare for the very best, as we would do for any game.
“I think football is judged on mentality and confidence comes into it too. If you give your best, then you can have no complaints.”