Mario Vrancic has reinforced the importance of a vocal home crowd at Norwich City’s clash with Watford at Carrow Road on Friday evening (8pm KO).
The Canaries are keen to return to winning ways at home after back-to-back defeats against Aston Villa and Manchester United.
Vrancic hopes the supporters continue to believe in the squad, despite the current adversity in terms of results over recent weeks.
“I can only appeal to the fans that they carry on their support for us. It gives us a massive boost,” he said to our official matchday programme, OTBC.
“They can be the 12th man, we witnessed it last season when we were struggling. Games like the one against Nottingham Forest, we were 3-0 down and came back with 15 minutes to go, it would be unlikely for us to do that away from home.
“I just really hope that the fans carry on but also it’s down to us to deliver for them. I hope they continue to believe in the squad and the team.”
Vrancic has been nursing a calf problem since the beginning of pre-season and has only made cameo appearances in the defeats to Chelsea and West Ham United in the Premier League so far.
But the Bosnia and Herzegovina international says he has over three weeks of training under his belt and he’s targeting a return this Friday.
“I’ve had some calf problems which is quite annoying. I had a few setbacks because I tried to get back too early.
“Thank god, I’ve been without pain for a couple of weeks now so I’m just hoping it stays like this.
“It’s very frustrating. Probably the worst thing for me is watching games from the stands because you can’t influence a game.
“It’s very, very annoying but part of the game and part of our job. You sometimes need to suffer a bit and I’ve tried my best to encourage the guys from the outside.
“I’ve been training for like three and a half weeks now with the team. I’m getting back in shape and I’m ready to go.”
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