Break will 'galvanise' Norwich City, says Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert
Lambert's side lost for the first time in four games against Aston Villa on Saturday

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has welcomed his side's two-week break from their "relentless" introduction to the Premier League.

The Canaries are ninth in the table after taking 13 points from the first 11 games of the season.

"It's been relentless. The break will galvanise us again," Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"The first game back is Arsenal which will be another mammoth task. But it's something we love doing."

Since the last international break at the beginning of October, Norwich have taken five points from a possible 12 on offer.

Those results included a dramatic 1-1 draw at Liverpool and a 3-3 thriller with Blackburn, in which Lambert's men recovered from 3-1 down in the last 10 minutes.

Norwich have been without centre-halves Elliott Ward and Zak Whitbread for the majority of the campaign because of injury, while Russell Martin, a full-back filling in at central defence, has pulled out of Scotland's upcoming friendly against Cyprus with an ankle problem.

"It's really tough, you look at the centre-back area and we've only got two plus Ritchie de Laet," former Colchester and Wycombe boss Lambert explained.

"And those lads have kept going every single week for us. Until we get those lads back fit we need everybody to perform regardless of who's playing and who's not.

"When you're asked to play, when you're picked, we need everybody to perform."