Norwich City centre-back Grant Hanley suffered injury with Scotland at Euro 2020 and then Covid-19 came calling – but his resilience has shone through.

Hanley picked up the injury with Scotland in the final match of Euro 2020 against Croatia. He was out for five weeks before returning to Norwich City for their assault on the English Premier League. Then Covid-19 hit him and the Carrow Road club, however, Hanley was still able to battle through their league opener against Liverpool last month.

Croatia v Scotland - UEFA Euro 2020: Group D

The Norwich City defender was injured in June. (Photo by Paul Ellis – Pool/Getty Images)

This was despite not having kicked a ball in anger since the match against Croatia in June, leaving Norwich City manager Daniel Farke with ‘no words.’ Hanley said (DR): “I  missed a lot of pre-season. In fact, it couldn’t have gone any worse. I was injured against Croatia at the Euros so I missed the first couple of weeks’ training.

“I did my rehab, got back and there was a pre- season camp planned with two or three games.  That would have been ideal for me but just before we were due to go, we had a Covid outbreak at the club. So the camp was cancelled then I tested positive so I had 10 days alone in the house, which wasn’t great.

“I only came out of isolation on the Tuesday before the Liverpool match on the Saturday. What a baptism for me! It was difficult and I’m not the youngest at 30. But I’ve picked up a lot of experience along the way and have learned how to deal with these situations. Physically, I made sure I was as ready as I could be.”

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