Kenny McLean admits a return to playing competitive football is something he has been looking forward to for a long while, after finally overcoming his injury nightmare.
McLean signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Club in January and stayed at previous club Aberdeen for the remainder of the 2017-18 season on loan, before officially moving to Norfolk in the summer.
He featured in City’s first three games of this season but was initially ruled out of action for a month with an ankle ligament injury sustained in the Carabao Cup win over Stevenage.
However, complications with the injury and subsequent surgery have meant a much longer spell on the sidelines.
But the Scotsman is now back in training and says he cannot wait to make his long-awaited return if called upon this weekend against Portsmouth.
“Right now, things are looking up,” declared McLean, speaking to canaries.co.uk. “It’s been a long time out with the ankle injury I picked up against Stevenage, around four and a half months, maybe a bit longer.
“It’s been a bit of an ongoing thing. It’s dragged out much longer than everybody expected. But right now, it seems to be behind me.
“I’ve been training for a few weeks and had a couple of games with the Under-23s, so I’m looking forward now.
“I’ve missed a lot of football but there’s still a lot to play for. There’s plenty of games to go for me. It’s a big period for the team also, we’ve picked up a few injuries so everybody is going to be needed.”
In McLean’s absence, City have been an entertaining watch, particularly at Carrow Road, and they’re currently second in the Sky Bet Championship table.
“They’ve been excellent. We can see that the team don’t really need me,” joked McLean.
“It’s been brilliant to watch, but also frustrating not to be a part of. The position we’ve got ourselves in is excellent and I think we can even improve our form to the end of the season. December was a long, tough month and we’re sat in a great position.”
McLean believes the Cup distraction has come at a good time and will enable fringe players to stake their claim for a regular spot in Daniel Farke’s squad.
“The next few games are Saturday/Saturday so it gives you more time to prepare on the training pitch and there’s also less load for the legs.
“It’s been a lot to ask of the boys recently but they’ve been excellent. It’s just up to us to work hard on the things we need to improve on.
On City’s third round opponents, McLean said: “They’ll come and play with no fear. People will expect us to win the game but I think Portsmouth will be a Championship club next season.
“It will be a tough test for us but it’s one we are looking forward to.”