September 23 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Sebastien Bassong is enjoying the spotlight as Norwich City captaincy – now his injury worries are behind him.
The 27-year-old centre-back was appointed team captain by Chris Hughton in the summer, alongside Russell Martin’s club captain role. And although every team would love leaders all over the pitch, Bassong is enjoying his new responsibilities – even if some of Norwich’s results have not been the easiest to digest.
“It feels good being captain,” smiled the Cameroon defender. “I’m someone who likes responsibilities. People say it doesn’t change anything, which is true because I have not changed how I am on the pitch, with the armband or without. But you know people are looking at you more and expect you to lead by example, and I like that.
“When things go well people leave you alone. If things go wrong, the captain is the first person to get hit. I have played with loads of great captains in my career and they have shown me some great examples – that’s what I want to follow.”
Bassong’s start to the season was hit by a knee injury that took him out of last term’s final exchanges and required summer surgery.
The rehabilitation was far from quick, but Bassong is confident he is getting back to his best.
“At this point last season, I started feeling my knee – but this year I’m feeling great,” he added. “I had a scruffy start to the season because of my knee and as my surgeon told me, I was going to need time – but I didn’t expect it to be that long for my knee to be fixed and to be pain free.
“I had a couple of pains and it was sore at the beginning of the season, but now I’m all right. I’m going forward and running, I’m not limping after games. So it’s really nice to feel my body like this.”