Norwich City's Daniel Ayala cheered by injury comeback

Daniel Ayala
Ayala made his first back-to-back starts for the Canaries over the New Year

Norwich City defender Daniel Ayala hopes he can prove his worth to the side after his return from injury.

The 21-year-old lasted 77 minutes of his first Norwich start, in the 4-0 defeat by MK Dons, before spending four months sidelined by a knee problem.

"I know I've been a bit unlucky with my injury but now I'm waiting for the next game," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"It was very hard. Especially in the game I got injured, I didn't play very well which made it even harder."

The Spaniard arrived at Carrow Road from Liverpool in the summer in a reported £800,000 deal, signing a four-year contract.

He made his Premier League debut coming off the bench in August's 1-1 Premier League draw with Stoke before damaging his knee in the shock League Cup defeat by MK Dons later that week.

But he returned to the starting line-up for the New Year's Eve draw against Fulham and managed another 90 minutes two days later, helping the Canaries secure a 2-1 victory at QPR.

"I feel a bit tired but overall I'm really happy with what I have done," the Spain Under-21 international added.

"It's been over three months I've been waiting to play and now I'm here I just want to show what I can do.

"I know the first game I didn't do very well but I think I am capable of playing well in the Premier League."

And boss Paul Lambert was impressed with how Ayala and his centre-half partner Zak Whitbread, himself a victim of injury this season, acquitted themselves at Loftus Road.

"I thought those two were brilliant again," said the Scot. "Ayala, for 21 years of age, has been excellent.

"The two games he's played he's been brilliant.

"Zak has been excellent since he's been at the football club and they're two cultured footballers at the back and two young lads who can hopefully have good careers."

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