Luke Chambers has praised the mental toughness of Tommy Smith as the defender returns to first-team action following a lengthy spell out with a serious back problem
Luke Chambers has praised the work of Tommy Smith, after the defender made his return to action following a lengthy spell out on the sidelines through injury last weekend.
The New Zealand international came on against Norwich on Sunday, as Town held the Canaries to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road, for his first first-team appearance since September.
And his work off the pitch to overcome the serious back injury he suffered hasn't gone unnoticed amongst his teammates, it seems.
"A real positive to come out of the East Anglian derby was the return of Tommy, following his lengthy spell out with injury," skipper Luke Chambers explains in his matchday programme column.
"I know Tommy really well and we've played a lot of football together in the same backline. He's used to playing games, so this injury lay-off would have been a real challenge to him both physically and mentally but having seen him around the place, he's been a top pro as always.
"It's allowed him to work on a few different aspects of his game and the way he approaches matches and I definitely think he's come back in as good, if not better shape, and that's testament to him.
"He's done his rehab work with the medical team, along with Luke Hyam also, and it's great to see them both back amongst the fold.
"We've got some good competition for places now, with players returning and it's great to see them back."
You can hear more from Luke Chambers in his column in Saturday's matchday programme, priced at £3 and available at kiosks around the stadium. There are also exclusive interviews with Mick McCarthy, Luke Hyam an Jonas Knudsen, whilst Tommy Smith features as our main interview cover star.
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