Spillane ready to bide time over Norwich City return

Michael Spillane is eager to force his way back into the Norwich City first team reckoning - but equally determined not to take a gamble after a long-running fitness battle.

Michael Spillane is eager to force his way back into the Norwich City first team reckoning - but equally determined not to take a gamble after a long-running fitness battle.

The 20-year-old defender has missed 19 matches in all competitions since suffering a hamstring injury in the 5-1 victory over Bristol Rovers at Carrow Road more than three months ago.

The setback came at a cruel time for Spillane, who had featured in 11 of City's first 14 games of the season and, playing at right-back, had just scored a splendid first goal for the club in the 4-0 home win over Leyton Orient.

Now, after 14 frustrating weeks on the sidelines, working hard at his recovery, he is close to joining in full training but wants to be certain he is ready.


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He said: "It's up to the physio and the gaffer but I want to get back in the first team squad pretty soon. I will probably need one or two reserve games but I want to be back as soon as possible.

"I have been doing everything, really - sprinting, kicking - and just need maybe another two weeks to make sure.

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"It was quite a bad injury. I knew that from the way it hurt when it went, but I'm the sort of person who thinks I'll be back in two weeks or three weeks. But it was worse than that and when I tried to come back I did it again. This time I've got to be really careful I don't snap it again."

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