Survival the focus for Toon schemer

Andros Townsend hopes he can play a key role in keeping Newcastle in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle: Survival the focus for Toon schemerNewcastle: Survival the focus for Toon schemer

The winger joined the club from Spurs in January but a hamstring injury in February saw him sidelined briefly.

Townsend returned for the first two games of Rafael Benitez’s tenure but he admits he was not fully fit for the defeat against Leicester and the draw with Sunderland.

However, Townsend insists he is now back to full fitness and he hopes to help the Toon move clear of the bottom three over the coming weeks.

He told the club’s official website: “I did rush back for the last two games because they were very important matches.

“But I think now, with the international break, I’ve had a chance to let the hamstring heal even more. Now I’m fully fit, 100 per cent, and raring to go for the last eight games of the season.

“I think it [the break] was exactly what I needed. To have the injury I had and come back within two weeks is rare but I did that and managed to get through both games. But now I’m 100 per cent and hopefully I can stay injury free from now until the end of the season.

“I was brought here to help the club stay in the Premier League and I can’t do that from the treatment table, so I did all I could to get back as soon as I could. Now, like I said, I’m 100 per cent fit and I’m ready to give it my all to help us stay in the Premier League.”

Newcastle travel to Norwich on Saturday knowing a win would draw them level on 28 points with the Canaries, who head into the match in 17th place, and a victory by three goals would see them leapfrog their hosts in the table.

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