‘Every single player in there owes everything to Norwich City’ – Captain’s rallying cry for survival battle

PUBLISHED: 10:49 01 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:49 01 January 2020

Norwich City skipper Grant Hanley has been in the thick of the action for since his return to fitness 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City skipper Grant Hanley has been in the thick of the action for since his return to fitness Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

All of Daniel Farke’s players owe Norwich City a huge debt of gratitude which they are desperate to repay, skipper Grant Hanley has declared in a Premier League rallying cry.

The Scotland defender knows the Canaries face a difficult salvage job as they enter 2020 bottom of the table and six points from safety - but insists the magnitude of the challenge was always huge.

"It's the same as the start of the season, it's massive and it's going to be unbelievably difficult," said the centre-back, ahead of today's Carrow Road clash with mid-table Crystal Palace (5.30pm).

"It's up to us and I think the thing we've got on our side is the dressing room we've got, every single player in there owes everything to Norwich City.

"There's not one player who doesn't owe the club everything they've got and for the opportunity that they've been given. The players appreciate that and will continue to give their all for the club."

A 2-2 home draw with Tottenham on Saturday left City with just one win in 15 games and extended a winless streak on home soil to seven matches.

"It's the Premier League, it's not going to get any easier," Hanley added. "That's why we play football, we want to play against the best teams in the world and the best players in the world, we want to test ourselves and I'm just grateful I've got the opportunity again."

The 28-year-old returned to action just before Christmas, after three months out due to groin and hernia surgeries, and completed the full 90 minutes three times in quick succession.

"Tired, three in a week," he admitted. "So it was tough but I think physically and mentally I'm in a better place now because I've hopefully managed to put my injury issues behind me.

"I feel good and a bit more comfortable. Before when I was playing, I knew there was an issue there, quite a big issue, but I've not felt it once, I've had no issues whatsoever, so that's given me confidence to go in and play at 100 percent.

"It was tough because it was a quick turnaround and I'd only trained for a week before the Wolves game - it feels a bit like pre-season again. I'm enjoying it and just grateful to be back out there and being able to play 100 percent."

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