Norwich City's Zak Whitbread taking 'second crack' at Premier League
Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread says he is determined to make sure his injury setback does not ruin his second chance in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old started his career at Liverpool, but failed to make a top-flight appearance for the Reds.
And he hopes to take his opportunity after fighting off a hamstring strain.
"You've got a lot of time to think when you're injured. I've been lucky enough to have a second crack at the Premier League," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.
"You don't want to look back with any regrets over not giving it your best shot."
The USA international played three league games this season before hobbling out of the 3-1 loss to Chelsea in August.
He made a successful return in last week's 4-2 win over Newcastle United, lasting 83 minutes, and feels he is ready to ease the Canaries' defensive injury problems, with Elliott Ward, Daniel Ayala and Ritchie de Laet on the sidelines.
"There was no issue with me playing last week," said Whitbread. "I felt up to it.
"I was tired a bit towards the end but that's to be expected. I feel great and the more games the better for me now."
Meanwhile, boss Paul Lambert has told his side there will be no Christmas party for the Carrow Road squad this year.
And Whitbread says the team are happy to concentrate on football over the festive period.
"My Christmas party was watching Barcelona against Real Madrid in bed last week with a cup of tea. That's as mad as it got," he joked.
"We're just keeping our heads down. Not many people get given the opportunity to play in the Premier League so we've got to take it with both hands."