Chadwick looking forward to facing former club

PUBLISHED: 10:35 11 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:29 10 September 2010

Luke Chadwick's dream move to Norwich City brought him mostly injury and frustration - but the much-travelled winger is fighting fit as he prepares to meet his former club for the first time.

Luke Chadwick's dream move to Norwich City brought him mostly injury and frustration - but the much-travelled winger is fighting fit as he prepares to meet his former club for the first time.

The 28-year-old forward spent two years at Carrow Road but a succession of injuries restricted him to just 18 senior appearances under former bosses Peter Grant and Glenn Roeder.

It was a move to Milton Keynes Dons, initially on loan, that revived Chadwick's career last season and now he's looking forward to facing the Canaries in the televised League One encounter at stadium mk on Monday (7.45pm).

After losing to Scunthorpe in the play-off semi-finals last season and losing manager Roberto Di Matteo to West Bromwich Albion, the Dons have made a useful start to the new campaign under Paul Ince, back in charge for the second time after a brief stint as Blackburn boss.

A 3-2 home defeat by Huddersfield in their last match was a setback but, Chadwick believes, not a lasting one.

He said: “We started off a bit slowly this season with quite a few new players getting to know each other.

“It was a disappointing result on Saturday because we felt we should have won the game. We made a couple of slips but we had the chances - it just didn't happen. Defensively we've been pretty tight.

“But our confidence is high. The intensity has gone up a lot in training, there is a lot stronger squad and a lot more competition for places.

“I'm feeling 100 per cent and it's great just being able to play football and train every day.”

Chadwick joined City from Stoke in November 2006, at first on loan, in what he felt would be a welcome career opportunity.

Instead he suffered a serious knee injury after scoring on his debut in a 3-1 defeat at Ipswich and was out for four months, during which time his move was made permanent in a £200,000 deal.

Further problems with a hamstring injury and a shoulder operation meant he never had an extended run in the City side.

He said: “I was delighted to sign for Norwich because I thought it was a great move for me. But in the first match I got an injury and never really got going.

“But it was a great, friendly club to be at. I was quite surprised to see them go down last season but now they've got a lot of new faces coming in and they have every chance of going back up.”

The Dons are three points ahead of City going into Monday's match.

“It's a big club, both teams like to play attractive football so it should be a good game for people to tune into,” said Chadwick.

Dons full-back Danny Woodards and central defender Mathias Doumbe have both emerged as doubts for the game after sustaining injuries in the defeat by Huddersfield.

Luke Howell is ruled out through suspension, and Ince could also be without leading scorer Jermaine Easter after he picked up a thigh strain in training.

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