Alex Tettey desperate to make up for lost time at Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 21:22 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 21:23 19 July 2016
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Alex Tettey is desperate to make up for lost time after recovering from the ankle surgery that forced him out Norwich City’s Premier League survival bid last season.
Tettey’s campaign came to an abrupt halt in March after suffering the injury against Chelsea at Carrow Road but the Norwegian international has played a full part in pre-season and was praised by Alex Neil for his display at Peterborough on Saturday.
The 30-year-old could feature again in Wednesday’s opening tour friendly against FK Dukla Prague in Austria.
“I’m very pleased. I played my first official game against Peterborough and felt fine, and I’m pleased that I haven’t had any setbacks,” he said.
“It was the second time I’ve had that injury, and both times it happened at a not very good time. The timing of both injuries were not good, because the club was fighting to stay up and you want to be there to help.
“I was not given the chance because of the injury, and it was really frustrating watching it from the side. It was a bit of rollercoaster and in the end it didn’t go our way.
“It is what it is though. I’m older and wiser, so I just say that there is nothing I can do and that I have to look forward. That’s what I’m doing now.”
Tettey admitted his first brush with the Championship came as a culture shock during City’s triumphant play-off success in 2015 but the midfielder knows what to expect this time around.
“We have a good chance. The spirit is good, and people are fit and working hard. Usually if you work hard, you get results,” he told Norwich City TV. “You need a strong squad - everyone is going to have to play their part. Its 46 games, so there will be ups and downs. You need to have the stamina to go all the way.
“A good start is very important. We want to give the fans something to cheer about, hopefully from the first game.”