Britton wary of Canaries threat

BY foxsports • October 14, 2011

Swans manager Brendan Rodgers and his side could not have asked for a tougher start to the season on the road having visited the Etihad Stadium, the Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge in their first three Premier League away games. Those fixtures against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all ended in defeats, although the Swans were unfortunate not to pick up a point against the Gunners, and there is an expectation that the clash with Paul Lambert's side will represent their first genuine chance of breaking their duck away from the Liberty Stadium. But Britton, who is set to return from a back injury against the Canaries, believes that is a dangerous attitude to take. The 29-year-old said: "Carrow Road is a tough place to go, it has a great atmosphere and they have fantastic support. "It's always sold out there and the fans make a fantastic noise. "It's a difficult place to play football although so are Stamford Bridge, the Emirates and the Etihad Stadium. "They are all tough to play at so this will be no different to playing at those grounds." Britton will be hoping to go straight back into the starting line-up having been forced to miss the home win over Stoke due to his niggling back problem. Although the performances of Joe Allen, Mark Gower and Wayne Routledge may mean he has to settle for a bench spot, the West Ham product admits he is just glad to be back to full fitness. "I am fully fit," he said. "It's been a difficult period since leading up to the Chelsea game. I had a back injury and I struggled through the game and had to come off. But an injection in my back has sorted things out. "I was gutted to miss the Stoke game but it came at a good time as we had the international break and it gave me more time to rest and fully recover. "I have trained all week with no reaction so I am ready for the weekend. "The problem was a bulging disc touching the nerve, causing trouble down my legs. "It's not put me out for a long period but the injection has settled it right down. "The medical staff have been brilliant, given me great treatment and it's been good to train all week." While Swansea's maiden Premier League campaign has caught the imagination of many in south Wales, much of the Principality is currently holding its breath in anticipation of Wales' Rugby World Cup semi-final against France in Auckland. And while Britton may be a born-and-bred Londoner, he says knowing several of the Ospreys players in Warren Gatland's squad means he will be backing the men in red. "I have been in Wales a long time and you see how much rugby means to the nation," he said. "It's massive, there was some banter flying about last week after England lost but to be fair me and Monks (Garry Monk) have dished out a bit of stick when Wales have lost so now we have to take it. "But it's great for Wales and Swansea in general. I room with Joe Allen on away trips and I am sure we will be up watching it and cheering them on. "A lot of the boys play for the Ospreys and they were cheering us on last season when we were doing well and hopefully they will get to the final. "I bumped into Alun Wyn Jones at the end of last season and he had a picture on his phone of their lads in a hospitality box cheering us on, so we are backing them and hopefully they can do it."

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