Matt Jarvis ready for summer of hard work after ‘extremely frustrating’ injury-hit season at Norwich City

Norwich City players Mitchell Dijks, left, and Matt Jarvis meet fans at an Easter holiday event in t

Norwich City players Mitchell Dijks, left, and Matt Jarvis meet fans at an Easter holiday event in the Canaries Official store in Castle Mall Norwich. Picture: Angela Sharp Photography - Credit: Angela Sharp Photography

The frustration was clear to see as Matt Jarvis looked back on his injury-hit season at Norwich City.

Matt Jarvis in action during Norwich City U23s' 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at Carrow Road in the semi-

Matt Jarvis in action during Norwich City U23s' 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at Carrow Road in the semi-final of the Premier League International Cup. Picture: MATTHEW USHER/FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

The winger is yet to make a senior appearance for the Canaries this season, as his recovery from knee surgery was punctured by a separate hamstring injury.

Those problems have restricted the 30-year-old to playing for City's under-23 side, making his comeback from knee surgery in December and playing five matches. He then suffered a setback in January, coming off in the 54th minute of a 4-3 win over Aston Villa U23s.

'It's been an extremely, extremely frustrating season for me but I'm getting there,' Jarvis said of his comeback, having recently got 90 minutes under his belt in an U23s game.

'It's very disappointing but I'm hoping to get on the pitch as quickly as possible.'

That fresh injury problem was a hamstring strain, ruling him out for another six weeks, before playing the first half of the U23s' 6-0 thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb's second team.

'It was the different leg,' the former West Ham and Wolves wide-man explained, speaking after meeting City fans at an Easter holiday event in the Canaries Official store in the Castle Mall in Norwich.

'But everyone says when you've had surgery and been out for a little while you always pick up little things and unfortunately that's what's happening with me at the moment.'

That was followed by a full match in late March, in a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland, which has got him back on track. Interim head coach Alan Irvine has suggested Jarvis may have to wait until next season to add to the 21 appearances made so far, with his loan made permanent in a deal worth £2.5m in January last year.

'If it's not going to be this season then definitely next season,' he continued. 'I'll be raring to go to show everyone what I can do. I'll be working hard making sure I'm ticking along so that I'm ready for pre-season.'

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It left Jarvis to take in City's impressive 7-1 thrashing of Reading on Saturday.

'It was very good, I think it showed the desire and what we're capable of,' the one-cap England international said. 'Obviously you want to play well every game but especially at home. I think the fans deserved a performance and they got one.'

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