Jermaine Jenas can’t wait to get back into action for Aston Villa, after the midfielder suffered a number of injury problems since his summer move to the club.
Jenas is currently on loan at Villa from Tottenham, but the 28-year-old hasn’t yet been able to show his worth to the club, most recently suffering from an Achilles problem.
But he is now hoping to be in contention for Villa’s clash with Norwich, and believes that when he gets back to full fitness, he can repay the faith of the club.
"I want to get out there now and help the team," he told the Aston Villa official website.
"I can't wait to put that shirt on, see the fans and put in some good performances for the team. I am so excited. If I'm involved in any way this weekend - starting or coming off the bench - I will be more than grateful to be out there playing football and contributing.
"It will take me a few games to hit my peak but the excitement and the adrenalin of playing will go through me and give me the extra energy needed. If I can put in a good performance or even score a goal, that would be amazing."
Jenas revealed that those around him while he recovered should be attributed to an anticipated return, with the former Newcastle star singling out Alex McLeish as particularly inspiring as he looks to get back to his best.
"It's been a real, real test of mental strength. Thankfully I have had good people around me - my wife, my family - they have supported me and kept me focused," he explained.
"Everyone at Villa has been fantastic too. It's been great, first and foremost, to settle into a team. The lads in the dressing room are brilliant. It feels like I've been here for a few years. I know quite a few of them anyway but they have made me feel comfortable and easy.
"That's helped with the injury issues I have had. The medical staff have been superb and the gaffer has been supportive throughout the whole situation.
"[McLeish] has been eager to get me involved. He'd ring me, speak to me, reassure me that I'm still in his plans so that's been a big drive for me to continue and work hard and get myself back fit."