Midfielder passed fit for Seagulls testBRADLEY Johnson is fighting fit for Norwich City’s promotion run-in.
The influential midfielder trudged off with a foot injury in the closing stages of the Canaries’ 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago, but after a course of treatment he is targeting a starting spot against Brighton on Good Friday.
When speaking to the press ahead of the game, Johnson revealed how his initial fears over the severity of the problem were allayed as the international break unfolded.
“I was worried. I couldn’t really walk, but I’m fit now. I’ve been in through the last week getting treatment by the physios and everyone. It was just bad bruising and I’m fit if selected for Friday,” he explained to reporters at City’s Colney training base.
“As soon I hit the player’s foot, I knew I had done something. I tried to run it off but it wasn’t getting any easier, and then when I had it looked at after the game it looked as bad as everyone thought – everyone thought I had broken my foot.
“I went and had an x-ray though, and it wasn’t so bad. The international break did come at the right time. Last Saturday I was struggling, I was on crutches throughout the whole week before but I’ve been having treatment and now I’m ready to go.”
City are just three points off the top of the Sky Bet Championship as they begin their final run of seven matches, all of which take place in less than a month with the regular season concluding on May 2.
Johnson, who had a short loan spell with Friday’s opponents in 2008-09, believes the recent break has enabled him and his teammates to be best prepared for the intense schedule ahead.
“We’ve got nearly a fully fit squad, and everyone is fully recharged now,” he added.
“We know that these last seven games are going to be basically cup finals for us. We’ve got to go into every game not worrying about other teams, just worrying about ourselves. We’re taking every game as it comes.
“If you’d have given us this at the start of the season, we’d have taken it. We’ve got seven games to go. It’s in our hands – if we win every game, then I’m sure we’ll be up there come the end of the season.”
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