Hull City midfielder Kevin Stewart targets return against Canaries
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Hull City midfielder Kevin Stewart has targeted this Saturday's Championship clash against Norwich City to make his comeback.
The former Liverpool man has been sidelined with damage to his ankle ligaments but, after coming through more than an hour for the Tigers' reserves on Monday night, is ready to declare himself fit for the trip to Carrow Road.
Stewart admitted it has been a frustrating period following his £4m move from Anfield this summer.
'Coming to a new club you want to start straight away and do well to prove yourself,' he told the Hull Daily Mail. 'I'd played at the start of pre-season and got some good rhythm so coming out when I did it was frustrating.
MORE: Subscribe to the Pink Un Youtube channel here'I've just told myself it's a long season and I haven't missed too much of it. Once I'm injured and I know what I've got to do, I'm pretty good at getting my head down and working in the gym.
'Now I'm ready to get in the team and start showing what I can do. I'll be fine for Norwich. Whether I'm involved or not is not up to me so I'll just do what I can to show I'm ready to play.'
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Hull boss Leonid Slutsky could be tempted to name an unchanged side following his side's 6-1 win over Birmingham City before the international break.
However, he could be tempted to include Stewart on the bench having made him his most expensive signing in the summer.
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'The ankle feels good,' added Stewart. 'It's still not quite 100 per cent but I don't think it will be until there's a few more sessions under my belt. It's been good enough to progress from rehab to training so I'll just look to keep going.'
Stewart's only action for Hull so far this season came in a 2-1 defeat at QPR earlier this season when he aggravated an ankle problem.
'It was my choice to play,' he said. 'When I'd had my other ankle injury, I'd played on it with a bit of discomfort and I felt it was near enough the same thing. I'd done my rehab and got through a couple of sessions ahead of QPR fine and then I just got unlucky in the game.
'The action that did my injury, I'd done that action 100 times without any problem in the last few weeks of rehab. Hopefully it's one of those things and I can just look forward now.'