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Grant Hanley: I'm now back at 100% and ready for the fight

31 December 2019

Grant Hanley hopes his injury issues are fully behind him as he aims to steer Norwich City to safety in the second half of the Premier League season.

City’s club captain has endured a frustrating start to the campaign with a groin issues and subsequent surgery hampering his involvement in the squad.

However, the Scot says he’s fully recovered from the injury, having played three matches over the festive period without issues.

Speaking after the draw against Tottenham Hotspur, Hanley said: “I’m tired. I think that’s three games in a week. It’s been tough but I think physically and mentally, I’m in a better place now.

“Hopefully, I’ve managed to put the injury issues behind me. I feel good and I have more confidence to be myself out there now.

“Before when I was playing, I knew there was an issue there and quite a big issue. But now, I’ve not felt it once and I’ve had no issues whatsoever.

“It’s nice to go out there and play at 100%. Today was tough because it’s a quick turnaround and I probably only trained for a week before the Wolves game.

“It feels a little bit like pre-season again. I’m enjoying it and I’m grateful to be back out there and playing at 100%.”

City’s performance in their draw with Spurs last time out was an impressive one and they were arguably unlucky not to come away with all three points.

The Canaries are back in action on New Year’s Day with Crystal Palace visiting Carrow Road and Hanley says the team will give it their all to stay in the Premier League.

“I’ve been in this side for three games now and you feel like we’re right in the games but we’ve only got one point in the last three.

“We’re just struggling to edge it at the minute and we are close to getting over the line. We kind of feel disappointed with a draw.

“I know in the second-half we were defending for long periods but it says a lot when you’re disappointed with a draw against Spurs.

“It’s a massive [task]. It’s going to be unbelievably difficult but it’s up to us. The thing that is on our side is the dressing room we’ve got.

“Every single player in there owes everything to Norwich City. There’s not one player in there that doesn’t owe the club everything they’ve got and for the opportunity they’ve been given.

“The players appreciate that and they’ll continue to give it all they’ve got.”

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