Midfielder close to return after Under-21s actionJONNY Howson can’t wait to fight for his place in Norwich City’s first team after completing an hour for the Under-21s on Friday afternoon.
The midfielder, absent since picking up a knee injury in pre-season, notched two assists in the comfortable 5-0 triumph over Leicester City at Colney Training Centre, with Gary Hooper also featuring.
The Canaries are well-stocked in midfield after an active transfer window, but Howson believes that can only be healthy as Neil Adams’ squad attempts to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
“I much prefer it when there’s competition for places because you can never switch off, you have to be on your toes,” he told canaries.co.uk.
“If you look at the squad, not just in my position but every position there are two, possibly three, players going for each one.
“At this moment in time it’s working very well because even the lads who haven’t been playing and the ones who have come in to play have all been top drawer.
“It’s great to be back. It was the same as last season when I was injured, it’s obviously a frustrating time when you’re not playing.”
The 26-year-old was happy to report that he felt no issues with the injury during or after the game.
“During the injury it seemed to take a while but it feels good, I’ve had no problems with it and I’m just pleased to come through an hour today,” he added.
“The last six to nine months have been a little bit frustrating. I think at the start of last season I hit a nice bit of form, I was in the side and personally I thought I was doing ok. I’ve had a couple of injuries that have knocked me back, but that’s part and parcel of the job.
“Throughout my career I’ve been quite lucky, this has been my third proper one and for my age that’s not too bad. Hopefully now I can just go without something.”