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Drury looking to be kept busy

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:47 06 July 2010

Adam Drury has rubbished claims that his career in hanging in the balance because of a troublesome knee injury - and has asked Bryan Gunn to make him the busiest player of pre-season to prove it.

Adam Drury has rubbished claims that his career in hanging in the balance because of a troublesome knee injury - and has asked Bryan Gunn to make him the busiest player of pre-season to prove it.

The Canaries left back has started just 19 games in the last two seasons after a succession of problems after he first suffered the knee injury back in November, 2007.

He underwent surgery at the end of last season but insists he's now fighting fit - and ready to see off allcomers, with reports claiming that manager Bryan Gunn is keen to bring in Crystal Palace left-back Rhoys Wiggins.

“Obviously the last two years the reason I haven't been playing consistently is because of my knee and it's well documented that I have had problems with it,” said Drury.

“People have said things about it, and they think it's going to finish me - that's a load of rubbish.

“There is no truth in it - of course I will play on, there is nothing like that wrong with it at all.

“I have had setbacks with it and a few problems but it is nothing like that and the only way I am going to get round it is by playing again consistently.”

Drury asked to play the full 90 minutes of Saturday's opening pre-season friendly at Dartford and got his wish and has now asked Gunn to make him a permanent pre-season fixture in the side so that he can be a regular in the League One campaign, starting with today's friendly at Raith Rovers.

“Everyone knows I haven't been in the team consistently for two years,” he said. “I had the operation at the start of the summer, I've done all the pre-season so far, but obviously games are where you get your fitness.

“That was proved at Dartford - for about 20 minutes I felt fine and then it all hit home, but it's just tiredness, you can't do anything about that apart from playing games.

“I don't know how long it will take to get back up to full steam - I just want to play as many games as I can in pre-season, that's why I played the full 90 at Dartford.

“I asked beforehand if I could play as long as possible. The only way I can get back is to get a run of games - obviously it might take me three, four or five - I am going to ask to play as many as I can in pre-season to get that fitness.

“This is my first proper pre-season for two years. I have done every day so far and done every session and now I just need to play games. For a few games I might be a little bit rusty, things like timing and that, but that's what comes with games.

“It's not the knee that's the problem, it's the stamina - you need game legs and that's what I'm working towards.”

Drury saw Ryan Bertrand settle into his left-back role for a season and a half, and while the Chelsea winger is out of the picture now, the former Peterborough United man says he welcomes the competition that new arrivals bring.

“It's going to happen because we need players in every position,” Drury added. “Since I have been here, every day there has been competition for places and that's what it is all about, throughout the squad.

“Everyone knows we're looking for forwards as well - we have midfielders come in and defenders and anything that makes the team stronger I am all for it.”

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