Iwan Roberts: When cleaning my teeth sidelined me for eight weeks

PUBLISHED: 07:04 23 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:35 23 August 2019

Onel Hernandez is ruled for the next few months with a knee injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Onel Hernandez is ruled for the next few months with a knee injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

I was very lucky last weekend I had a rare Saturday off as I was working on Sunday at the Reading v Cardiff game.

My good mate Hucks invited me to Carrow Road to watch the game with him and boy what a treat we had. It was an absolute pleasure to witness the Norwich performance against Newcastle, they gave Steve Bruce's men a lesson on how to keep the ball and make the game look simple.

It was just the performance that was needed to show everyone what Norwich City under Daniel Farke are all about.

The breathtaking football they produced so many times last season was there for all to see against Newcastle.

The confidence flowing through this team is incredible and yes, Teemu Pukki grabbed all the headlines and deservedly so after grabbing his first hat-trick for Norwich.

He's already scored as many hat-tricks in the Premier League as Ronaldo and Dennis Berkhamp and it's taken him slightly fewer games.

The movement of Emi Buendia, Marco Stiepermann and especially Todd Cantwell was a joy to watch, neither of the three have electrifying pace but they are so clever with their movement the Newcastle players had no answer on how to stop them feeding Pukki his goals.

Todd looks especially at home in the top league and his two assists and overall performance on Saturday will have given him special satisfaction after some of the unjust stick he received by a number of fans last season.

The only blemish from Saturday was that Jonjo Shelvey goal in the 93rd minute, I was gutted for the back four and it was so cruel on Tim Krul who hadn't put a foot - well a hand wrong in the game!

He was so disappointed at the final whistle and it wasn't because he was going to miss out on his clean sheet bonus, it's because he knows how important they are and they aren't easy to come by in this league.

Onel Hernandez missed the game after a freak accident at home which looks like keeping him out for three months, let's just hope he can come back stronger.

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Something similar happened to me when I was playing for Wolves, luckily I was only out for eight weeks and I hadn't damaged my cruciate, just my medial ligament in my right knee.

I was staying in a hotel in Wolverhampton while our new house was being finished, not ideal when you've three children.

While we were staying in the hotel it was my twin daughters' first birthday and their main present was this big plastic garden type thing.

It was circular in shape and came with plastic flowers and vegetables, it also had a couple of watering cans (you couldn't get just one could you not with twins?!)

Believe me when I tell you this thing wasn't small, it nearly filled the whole floor of our room. Anyway I had to get to training and needed to get to the bathroom to clean my teeth and had to step over this plastic monstrosity of a thing and as I did I wasn't concentrating where I was going to plant my foot which cost me dearly.

Instead of stepping on the carpet I stepped onto a plastic potato or carrot I can't quite remember, but whatever it was it made me lose my balance which in turn made me turn my right knee quite badly.

You can imagine Mark McGhee's and the physio's face when I went to see them at the ground and explained what had happened!

They didn't believe a word I was saying but they could see by the swelling on my right knee that it wasn't good.

It was a freakish accident and there's nothing that I could have done about it, well apart from not going to clean my teeth before I left for training that is.

It kept me out for about eight games in total not ideal when you've only just moved to a new club.

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