Jonny Howson reveals he is fit and firing for Norwich City’s Premier League survival push
Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson declared he is fit and ready to play his part in the club's Premier League survival push after a 60-minute run out in Tuesday night's 2-1 development league win over Everton's Under-21s.
The 25-year-old made his long awaited return following a two-month lay-off with a back problem in front of the watching Chris Hughton at Carrow Road. Howson was an unused substitute in the 1-0 win over Tottenham but the key midfielder is ready if required against Aston Villa this weekend.
'If you had asked me four weeks ago I would have probably said yes I was ready,' he said. 'I think so. I had a good week's training under my belt and then this 60 minutes so I feel confident in my ability. It is not up to me. It is up to the manager and going on last Sunday's performance I don't think he needs to change it in midfield the way the lads performed. My job now is to keep those lads on their toes so they have to keep putting in those type of performances.'
Howson admitted his long term lay-off had been difficult to take.
'It was a frustrating time for me,' he said. 'It was one of those things that perhaps you don't realise what you have got until its gone. You miss it so much and I am just glad to be out there and playing a part. It was just one of those things. I had a problem with the back the last couple of games before the Swansea one. We had to get it scanned and that showed there was something we had to get some rest. I got a bit of stick off the lads because I couldn't really do any type of training. It was a case of rest and let it heal. Hopefully that is all behind me and we can look forward. I was still in most days. I had Christmas Day off and the odd few days but mostly I was getting treatment. It wasn't a case of a jolly for the past eight weeks.'