Johnson glad to be back

Johnson returned to first-team action as a substitute in the 2-1

defeat at West Brom last weekend and will continue his comeback

against Wigan on Saturday. He had been struggling with injuries for

about a year and is thrilled to be back involved again. The

29-year-old concedes that staying positive was difficult during

such a long absence. “I’d never spent such a long period on the

sidelines and it was very frustrating,” said Johnson. “It was

something mentally hard that I had to deal with. “The fans mostly

see the glitz and the glamour, the nice cars and the nice houses

and all the other rubbish connected with football that appears in

the newspapers and magazines. “This was the other side of the game.

For me, it was very tough.”