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‘I’m in a good place’ – Mawson

Alfie Mawson is pleased to have put long-term injury behind him as he focuses on a trip to Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich City on Wednesday (January 20th, 6pm KO).

Mawson has played twice since recovering from a knee injury which led to 11 weeks on the sidelines but after that “tough time” the centre-back if fit and raring to go in the second half of the campaign.

He played a key role in cementing a clean sheet during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Preston North End – his first Championship appearance since October - but is “feeling good” ahead of the Canaries test at Carrow Road.

He said: “I was playing well, we were flying, then to get the injury that I’ve had before, I knew it was a long, gruelling rehab. It was long but I got through it and have reaped the rewards again early on so I’m in a good place.”

Mawson has seen added steel in the City side over the course of the season and said it’s been “good to see we can do the dirty side:”

The Robins also have a number of players still to come back from injury but Mawson sees the benefit they will bring before the season is over and he hailed the squad’s quality and depth.

“The hunger of the lads who want to get back on the grass and get that shirt on the pitch, it’s a really good place to be,” he said. “It was 10 years since we last beat Preston so we’ve lost that monkey from our back and that shows we’re going the right way.

“No matter who we play we will put out a solid performance and if we match teams for their hunger and desire, then we have more than enough quality to beat anyone in this league.”

And it’s that attitude which he is taking to Norfolk in midweek, as he outlined how City intend to go head to head with the division’s leaders.

Mawson continued: “This is why it will be a really good game on Wednesday if we match their intensity, because they’re up there for a reason and we’ll give it a really good shot.

“We’ve got to go there and test ourselves against arguably the best team in the league. They found it tough in the Premier League but that’s football – there is such a big difference between the Championship and the Premier League.

“They’ve come down and instead of petering away they’re fighting to go straight back up and that’s where we want to be. I definitely don’t want to be sitting mid-table, I want to test myself against the best sides and see where we can get to. We have all the ability, it’s just putting that into fruition.”

Due to EFL regulations with the match being broadcast live on Sky Sports, Norwich v City will be streamed live on Robins TV to Season Card holders only.

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