Kenny McLean made his first Norwich City start since in over a month on Wednesday night, when the Championship league leaders took on high-flying Reading in a vital game at the top of the league.
McLean had been out with an ankle injury, and his last start before reading had been against Swansea on the 7th of November.
Happily for the 28-year-old, he played the entire game, and helped Daniel Farke’s side to a vital 2-1 win, which keeps them top of the table, and firmly in the hunt for promotion back to the Premiership.
Returned from injury last week
McLean had actually made his return from injury last week against Nottingham Forest, but Farke only gave the player seven minutes from off the bench as he made his return from an ankle injury.
The minutes increased in Norwich’s weekend win over Blackburn Rovers, where he played 24 minutes. Farke must have been satisfied with McLean’s fitness, as he was trusted to start and play the entire 90 minutes in such a pivotal game.
Scotland boss will be delighted
McLean will be delighted to be back in action. He will be a key man for Norwich in their bid to win promotion. Another man who will be delighted to see McLean back is Scotland boss Steve Clarke.
Should McLean remain fit, he seems certain to be in the Scotland squad for next summer’s European Championships. That is why it was a relief for all concerned that the player’s ankle injury wasn’t a serious one like first thought, and he only missed a few weeks of action.
You would imagine that the player will retain his place in the side for Norwich’s next game, against Cardiff on Saturday. With the games coming thick and fast, McLean will be a big player for the Canaries.