Drury's season over?
Norwich skipper Adam Drury has refused to set a timeline on his latest ankle injury setback. The defender hobbled out of City's weekend win against Stoke amid fears his season could be over after damaging the same ankle that required surgery earlier in the campaign.
Norwich skipper Adam Drury has refused to set a timeline on his latest ankle injury setback.
The defender hobbled out of City's weekend win against Stoke amid fears his season could be over after damaging the same ankle that required surgery earlier in the campaign.
Drury has been beset by a series of niggling injuries in recent weeks and the skipper admitted this latest frustrating episode is tough to take.
“I've had nothing like this in my career before,” he said. “There's no point me touching wood because it has been one thing after another. My left ankle needed an op at the start of the season to clean it out - nothing serious, but it sets you back. Then I fell down a hole at Luton and against Stoke I was just running and I don't know if it was a twist. It's a bit innocuous and more annoying than anything at the moment.
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“I'm having treatment and hope to be back soon, but I just don't know at this stage. The break gives me a chance to get fit. The physio has been working with me brilliantly and hopefully he can get me ready to go again.
“I was planning to rest but unfortunately that is not going to be the case. In fairness, I've not missed too many games with injury which is good, but I always seen to be playing with knocks.”
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Drury accepts the international break is a mixed blessing for a reinvigorated City.
“The good thing is we've gone into it having won the last two,” he said. “At the same time you want the games to keep coming so it can be a pain. The main thing now is to get that consistency. We've beaten a lot of teams at the top, but that's no good if you don't beat the other sides.
“The team has kept two clean sheets and if we knew why it's suddenly clicked then we'd up near the top. Derby haven't conceded many and look where they are. You could give credit to the back four because when a side concedes goals it's the defence who always gets stick, but really it's a team thing.
“If you aren't scoring goals its not always strikers to blame because the rest of the side has to create chances. Having an unchanged line up makes a massive difference. Injuries play such a big part. I don't think anyone has played every game which says it all.”
City's skipper was speaking at the UEA as the club's award-winning football in the community scheme launched a wheelchair football taster session.
The scheme - in partnership with the Norwich wheelchair power group - is appealing for players to come forward to represent the Canaries in a national league next year.
“I came last year and its brilliant,” said Drury. “There's even more new faces and it doesn't matter what level or ability you're at. The opportunity to join in and have fun - that really is what football is all about. It's the club working with the whole community and this is another great example.”
Football in the community coach Darran Lovell insists the club is keen to build on recent success after scooping the 'best community initiative' at this year's Football League awards.
“The majority of these players come to watch Norwich City - now they've got an opportunity to wear the Norwich shirt in a competitive match, just like Adam. We want to form a team for elite players but it's also about taking part in physical activity on a regular basis. We supported the Norwich wheelchair power group when they decided to set this up two years ago and our coaches come and deliver the sessions. Hopefully from this starting point the players will attend regularly.
“I wouldn't say we are the only football in the community scheme in the country to run a wheelchair group, but to a certain extent we're unique. To win an award shows our programme is a success and we're very proud of that, but we want to continually improve.”
For coaches or players interested in finding out more about the sessions visit fitc.org.uk or contact Mr Lovell on 01603 761122.