Green hoping to return 'in a few weeks'
Robert Green reckons he is just a few weeks away from making a permanent return to Norwich City's training fields. The Canaries keeper is still recovering from the horrendous groin injury which shattered his World Cup dreams - but he says he can see light at the end of the tunnel.
Robert Green reckons he is just a few weeks away from making a permanent return to Norwich City's training fields.
The Canaries keeper is still recovering from the horrendous groin injury which shattered his World Cup dreams - but he says he can see light at the end of the tunnel.
“I have been back in training now for probably a month and slowly getting more and more out on the pitches rather than just the gym, and hopefully a few more weeks and I will be out on the training pitch permanently,” said Green.
Then it's a case of becoming match fit, and Green hopes that will come quickly.
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“My personal aim is to be back in full training in a few weeks and probably after a couple of weeks of that - it is obviously up to the manager when I am fit for selection, and the physios, but if I get into full training in a few weeks then hopefully that is my aim.”
Green is clearly becoming restless and relishing the chance to put Paul Gallacher under pressure for the starting jersey.
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“I am pushing the physios all the time rather than them pushing me,” he said. “ I am not one to sit around not doing a lot so I am sure it is refreshing for them to have someone biting their arm off to get back. It's a challenge for them as well.”
As well as attempting to secure the No1 shirt, Green will be eager to re-establish himself in the England squad - and he revealed that his international team-mates were thinking of him in Germany.
“From the players to the coaching staff to the kit man everyone was really good,” he said. “They got me a small gift on the day of the opening game, so it was just a really nice touch to say they have not forgotten you, even though they are in this massive thing. It (a hamper) got delivered on the morning so it was a nice touch to know they were still thinking about me.”
Green's return will inevitably spark speculation about his future, with rumours rife that he was bound for a return to the Premiership before fate dealt its cruel blow.
“It is a question that is hypothetical and I can't really answer,” he said.
“If I had stayed fit then maybe I would have moved, but you really don't know. If David James or Paul Robinson had got injured I would have been touted to go off somewhere.
“It has been happening - I can't remember when I came into the first team on a full time basis, 2001 or 2002 and it started then, five years of it. I don't tend to read the papers, people have to fill bits in with stuff and I let them go into it.”
For now he has to watch City from the stands - not his favourite position.
“I wouldn't say I am a great spectator,” he said. “It is sometimes tough enough watching Norwich from one end let alone from the stands so it will be a strange experience. I watched a few of the games last season and that was a strange experience for myself but it's one it's good to have because it reinvigorates yourself and it reinstalls that I want to be out there and have that urgency to get back on the pitch. I will know what I am missing out on.”