Iwan Roberts: No pain, no gain as City go in search of away day break

Ben Godfrey underwent surgery during the international break
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ben Godfrey underwent surgery during the international break Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Two weeks has flown by since that shocking defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, so let's all hope it's been enough time for the lads to get that disappointing feeling out of their system and that they are raring to go on Saturday afternoon at Bournemouth.

After losing all four away games this season, the last three by the same 2-0 scoreline, the lads really do need to stop the rot on the road and start picking up some much-needed points to climb up that Premier League table once again.

Hopefully the lads who have been away on international duty have all come back to Norwich with a clean bill of health. The last two weeks without a game will, hopefully, have given some of the injured players enough time to get themselves 100pc fit for these next five games in November, four of which are against teams in the bottom half of the league.

Ben Godfrey will hopefully be fit after his hernia operation, although I find it hard to believe that these days you can be back playing in such a short space of time.

I had three surgeries on my groin in my career and it was eight weeks before I was playing again on both occasions - it just shows how surgeries and rehabilitation treatments have moved on since my days of playing.

Ben Godfrey of Norwich before the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London
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28/09/2019Ben Godfrey of Norwich before the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 28/09/2019

I had a double hernia operation while I was playing for Huddersfield - the problem was one of the most painful things I've ever had and I found it so hard to play with. The club physio had no idea what my problem was, but all I knew was that it was very painful to run with. Whenever I shot with either foot I would be in excruciating pain. It was even painful just to lie down in bed at night.

I got by in playing and training by having injections in the groin area and taking Voltarol tablets, the strongest form of pain killing tablets you could take and the combination of both would make all the pain go away for an hour and a half - but then when they wore off I would be in a world of pain and back to square one.

I ended up going to see a Dr Gilmour in Harley Street; he was a specialist on groin injuries and operated on many professional footballers' groins in the 80s and 90s. He became so famous for these operations that the injury was named after him - 'Gilmours Groin'.

Within five minutes of meeting him he'd diagnosed what my problem was and I was booked in the following day for the double hernia operation. This day and age it's keyhole surgery and you're out the next day. Back then I left the hospital five days after the operation in a wheelchair with two big scars just above my groin area and I was in more pain than when I went in.

City need to get memories of their last game - the home defeat to Aston Villa - out of their system as they head to Bournemouth Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdCity need to get memories of their last game - the home defeat to Aston Villa - out of their system as they head to Bournemouth Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

I couldn't do anything for six weeks, no exercise - to be fair I was in that much pain I couldn't straighten my body up completely for about a week as I felt my stomach was going to rip apart!

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have made a decent start to the season and lost just one of their four home games - and that was to Manchester City. Mind you, they've won only once at The Vitality this season, so Norwich shouldn't be afraid of going down there. They've played each other twice in the top flight with honours even at one win apiece.

Let's all hope the lads can produce an away performance, come away with some much-needed away points and put to bed these away day blues.

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