Kenny McLean says he has full confidence in his ability and is determined to prove his worth to Norwich City with a little under half of the season left to go.
McLean has spent much of the 2018-19 campaign on the treatment table. The ankle ligament injury he sustained in the Carabao Cup win over Stevenage in August took longer to heal than first thought and he only returned to competitive action in the FA Cup defeat against Portsmouth on January 5.
Speaking in more detail to OTBC about his injury issues, McLean said: “In the Stevenage game, I came on at half-time and five/ten minutes in, I got a tackle that wasn’t very nice, but I didn’t think there was too much in it.
“It stiffened up the next day and I went and got a scan – the initial news wasn’t great, but it wasn’t too bad. I had torn one of the ligaments in my ankle but it didn’t need repairing at that point so I didn’t need surgery.
“But it dragged on and things weren’t getting much better. I ended up going to see a specialist in London which wasn’t the best news because he told me I would need the surgery. It took me up to about eight weeks before actually getting the problem solved.”
Upon receiving treatment, McLean learned that it was going to take a further eight weeks to recover but he was pleased that he knew the end of the issue was in sight.
“It was just an unfortunate situation because there was a couple of times during my rehab that I was getting back and I was running, starting to do stuff and I would just break down. That was before I got the surgery, but once I got that everything started to go well.
“Going into the Portsmouth game, I ended up playing 90 minutes which wasn’t what I was expecting. I felt good in it to be fair so that was a big bonus for me.”
Now McLean is fully fit, he is targeting a breakthrough into Daniel Farke’s starting eleven and says the competition for places spurs everyone on in training.
“It’s a great headache that the Boss has got. Everybody is working so hard during the week to get that jersey and right now, the boys who have got one are doing their jobs.
“It’s just about keeping yourself ready and keeping the boys in the team on their toes. You know if they dip in form, you’ve got to be there to step in but at the same time, you want the team to be doing well. I feel right now I’m ready to take my chance, whenever it will be.”
McLean was speaking exclusively to our matchday programme, OTBC. If you didn’t manage to pick up a copy of OTBC due to it selling out ahead of kick-off on Saturday, we have a number of copies still available to purchase online HERE.