Thursday, July 19, 2012
Full-back Marc Tierney has declared himself 100pc fit for the new season – seven months after his last first team appearance for Norwich City.
Tierney last played for the Canaries in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Wolves, five days before Christmas, after which he suffered a groin injury in training.
He made a brief comeback, playing 70 minutes in a reserve game against Chelsea in January, and was on the bench for the FA Cup fourth round tie at West Bromwich Albion.
But the injury persisted and meant he was sidelined for the rest of the campaign and had surgery in April.
Now, however, the 26-year-old is impatient to get back into action, with City’s first pre-season game under new boss Chris Hughton just 48 hours away.
“I’m 100pc fit, I can’t wait,” said Tierney. “I did a bit extra with Neal (Reynolds) and all the other physios over the summer. I really can’t wait for the first game, to put my hand up and say I’m ready for first team action again.”
Tierney, speaking from the Canaries’ training camp in Austria ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Hertha Berlin, said his long spell on the sidelines had been a frustrating one after he was ever-present for the first 17 Premier League games.
“I tore an abductor muscle. It took longer to find it than it did to actually fix the problem,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s fine and I’ve been raring to go for a while now, so I’ve been doing a bit over the summer and am just looking to get back into training with the lads and it feels brilliant.
“It was more disappointing not to be able to find the actual problem, to keep breaking down because you keep coming back, trying to do your best to get back in the side.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t really find the problem until a couple of months later, by which point the season had passed but I enjoyed starting every one of those 17 games last season and I want to pick up where I left off this season.”
The departure of Adam Drury to Leeds and the return of Kyle Naughton to Tottenham after his season-long loan potentially opens the way for Tierney to reclaim the left-back spot as Hughton runs the rule over the squad he has inherited from Paul Lambert.
“It’s been fantastic. The lads are all working really hard. We’re doing three or four sessions a day,” said Tierney.
“We all worked really hard the week prior to it and we’ve gone straight into it, all guns blazing, and everyone’s enjoying it.
“We’ve done the bike ride at about half past six, seven in the morning. It can get on a few lads’ nerves but everyone has taken it in their stride.
“Everyone knows we have to get fit, it’s a really big season.
“Normally there would be a few grumbles but this season everyone’s just getting on with it, in the ice baths, back upstairs, back downstairs for a run or to play football. It’s all about getting fit. We know that and we’re ready to work and learn off the new manager and his staff, and that’s what we’re doing.
“We’ve got a big squad and everyone wants to impress the new manager.”