Nelson wants Norwich spot back

Defender surprised to be on bench so soon after foot injury

Nelson: Glad to be back

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Norwich City defender Michael Nelson is targeting a return to the starting line-up following his recovery from injury.

The summer signing from Hartlepool was forced to miss seven games with a foot injury sustained in the defeat at MK Dons on September 14.

But he was back on the bench for Saturday's 1-0 victory over Swindon, coming on as an 89th-minute replacement for Korey Smith.

He told the club's official website: "It was a bit of a surprise to be straight on the bench and definitely to get straight back on after not training a great deal and not having minutes under my belt in the reserves.

"But I am over the moon to be back involved in training. To actually get on the pitch, even though it was only a couple of minutes, it was nice to get back out there."

Nelson continued his recovery with a run-out for the reserves as they drew 1-1 with their Ipswich counterparts at Portman Road, Cody McDonald's opener being cancelled out by substitute Ronan Murray.

He added: "I've been through it before where I've been out of a side and you have to be a bit patient and play yourself back in. But there are reserve games coming up and hopefully I can prove myself there and prove myself in training in front of the manager and do well enough to get in the side again."