'I feel really good' - Aarons relieved to be back in action for City so soon after ankle injury
PUBLISHED: 16:42 29 September 2019 | UPDATED: 16:42 29 September 2019
Max Aarons is feeling fully fit and ready to contribute to Norwich City's search for improved Premier League form.
The right-back's remarkable run of 45 consecutive league starts was brought to an end in cruel fashion as he won his second England Under-21 cap during this month's international break.
The 19-year-old hurt his ankle making a goal-saving block as the Young Lions beat Kosovo 2-0 in Hull in a European Championship qualifier, going off with 10 minutes remaining but still being named England's man of the match.
City had initially expected Aarons to be out of action for around a month but he made a surprise return to Daniel Farke's starting line-up on Saturday, playing all of the 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace.
"I feel really good. I've worked hard along with the medical team to come back fit as soon as possible," the youngster explained. "I felt good but I'm just disappointed with the result.
"Maybe I was surprised to start but I just made sure I was ready when needed."
Aarons said City's players were frustrated that they weren't able to take any points away from Selhurst Park, after failing to take any of their chances.
"Obviously we're disappointed with how the game's ended up,"he continued. "I thought we were solid until the penalty and then we grew into the first half and played really well.
"Little mistakes have cost us. We know in this league that coming away from home is hard. We thought we could come away with something and we're disappointed we didn't."
Summer signing Sam Byram had played during Aarons' absence, impressing during an epic 3-2 home win over Manchester City and battling gamely during a 2-0 loss at Burnley - with the pair now competing for a start ahead of Saturday's return to Carrow Road against Aston Villa.
"We know we need our supporters when we come away from home," Aarons added, speaking to City's official website. "They were excellent again and we can't thank them enough.
"Our last home game was against Manchester City when we got the win. We've done well at home and hopefully we can take that into next week."