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Teemu Pukki on his recovery and City's good form

25 October 2018

Teemu Pukki said he hopes to return to action soon after missing out on City’s last two games with an injury picked up on international duty.

The Finnish striker suffered a hamstring injury while playing against Greece earlier this month, but during a visit to club partner Park Farm yesterday said he is remaining positive.

Pukki said: “The rehab is going really well, I’m doing some running already and I’m really pleased with how it has been going and I hope to be back pretty soon.

“I was really frustrated when it happened. I’ve been quite lucky with injuries and I wasn’t sure how bad it was at that moment, so it was tough. I’ve never had any muscle injuries before so it was new for me.”

Pukki watched on this week as fellow striker Jordan Rhodes scored a brace against Aston Villa, and despite the competition said he is enjoying his time working with the other City strikers.

“I think I’m more nervous watching than I am on the pitch,” said Pukki. “The guys played well and we totally deserved to get those three points.

“I’m really happy for Jordan [Rhodes], he deserved those goals because he has worked so hard.

“We get along really well. We talk quite a lot about opponents we face and whoever is playing.

“It’s really nice to be a part of this striker group. It’s always good that there’s competition. It makes everyone in the team work even harder.”

Norwich are currently placed within the play-off positions, however Pukki said he doesn’t want his side to get complacent because there is still a long way to go.

“There are so many games left to play so we aren’t talking about anything else at the moment,” he said. “We just need to keep working hard.

“You could see in the beginning when we lost a few games that it’s hard to come back from that. We played well but the results weren’t coming.

“Now we are playing well and the results are coming so everyone is on the up. Confidence has played a massive part in our run.”

City are back in action at home on Saturday against Brentford and Pukki is keen for his team to pick up another three points.

“They [Brentford] have a lot of good players but I haven’t seen much of them recently,” he said. “It will be tough, but we are at home and we have lots of drive at the minute and I’m sure we can get three points.

“The atmosphere is always good at Carrow Road and I’m looking forward to experiencing it again soon.”


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