JONAS Gutierrez is keen to play a part for Norwich City in their Premier League run-in after recovering from the calf injury that has kept him out since early February.
The winger signed on loan from Newcastle United in January but only managed two appearances for the Canaries before pulling up in training on the day before the 0-0 draw with Manchester City.
30-year-old Gutierrez says he isn’t used to being sidelined through injury but that his time out of contention has made him determined to help out Chris Hughton’s team between now and the end of the season.
“In the nine years that I’ve been in Europe, I’ve never had a lot of injuries so I’ve been able to play quite a lot, but that is football,” he said when talking exclusively with canaries.co.uk.
“I am ready to do my best and be back in contention. I’m happy that we got the three points last weekend and I want to help. The most important thing is to be ready if the manager needs me.”
One thing the Argentina international has noticed since arriving at the Club is the togetherness of the squad – something that was encapsulated by the reaction of the bench to Alex Tettey’s wonder-goal against Sunderland last Saturday.
Gutierrez, who was an unused substitute, was just one of many who stood to applaud the Norwegian’s volley, and he believes such unity will hold City in good stead over the final seven games of the campaign.
“I think all the players were so happy about his goal. It was a magnificent goal. We were all happy because it helped us in that situation and it was a great moment,” he added.
“I think since I came here I've watched how the group is, and how they always try to be together and work hard to help each other. That is one of the biggest things that Norwich have.
“We’re a tough group to beat and all the players want the best for the team.
“I think we made a big step in the last game, but now we have to focus on these next three games. They are really important because we are playing teams who are in the same position or a similar position to us, so now we’re just looking forward.”