March 15 2014 Latest news:
Monday, December 23, 2013
Ricky van Wolfswinkel feels a happy man now he is back fit for Norwich City – and frustrated at any suggestions he had not settled into his new surroundings.
The Canaries’ £10.2m record signing made his first appearance in almost two months as a substitute at Sunderland on Saturday, after a niggling toe injury that curtailed the start of his City career.
With such a high profile signing unable to hit his stride immediately, some fans were hitting the panic button over whether the former Sporting Lisbon striker was happy with his summer decision.
But the man himself had no such worries.
“Of course you have a lot of people around you who have their opinion and they think they know what I think,” said Van Wolfswinkel. “I know some people told other people that I was not enjoying it here, and that really frustrated me.
“I’m really, really happy here. And when you’re not playing, people think ‘Ah, it’s just a toe injury – so he doesn’t want to play; he doesn’t want to be here’.
“These people really annoy me and frustrated me. I’ve heard things about it but what can you do? What can you say? So I just focused on my recovery, will be back soon and will show it on the pitch.”
City boss Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns following the goalless draw to Premier League bottom side Sunderland on Saturday, as they prepare to take on Fulham.
The Boxing Day league meeting will be one of two games between the two sides at Carrow Road in the space of 10 days, with the pair also drawn in the FA Cup third round.
Jonny Howson (back) and Russell Martin (ankle) will continue to be assessed over the Christmas period, while Van Wolfswinkel had no after effects from the late challenge by Wes Brown that brought the defender’s red card at the weekend.
The Dutchman added: “I really can’t explain how it feels to be back. The 13 weeks out felt like 13 months. It was rubbish. When your team is struggling – even when they’re not – you just want to be on the pitch. When you lose, you want to lose with the guys and you want to help them any way you can.
“I was always positive – but of course, I had my moments where this is taking too long and it frustrated me. There are a few things I don’t like to do – and that’s riding a bike and swimming. And I’ve been doing that for 13 weeks. So you can imagine it wasn’t great.
“I did everything I could do without using my toe. Every day the same – it was boring. So I’m really happy to be back.”