Webster ready to step up after return to action

Defender was back in action against Arsenal two months out with a calf injury.

By Charlie Hanson • 16 April 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster embrace after the 2-1 win over Arsenal.

Adam Webster says he has full confidence in his body after a protracted return from injury.

The centre-back picked up a calf injury in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in February, but had planned to be back in action for the following game against Burnley.

“I’d trained in the build up to the Burnley game and then I broke down with it, I was really gutted. I aimed to be back fit and ready to start against Norwich as well but I had a couple of issues.

“Ahead of Arsenal last weekend I hadn’t trained too much, but the gaffer wanted me involved for the last ten minutes. When we went 2-0 up I had an inkling I’d get on to help shore things up. I ended up having to beat Aaron Ramsdale to a header as they looked to snatch something – imagine if he’d scored!

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster beats Aaron Ramsdale to a header late on against the Gunners.

“I had full confidence in my body going onto the pitch though, I’d had a few training sessions to get back into the swing of things. I was more excited than anything and I tried to enjoy it.”

The 27-year-old felt that while there was a sense of relief as Albion secured their first win in nine Premier League games, the overall feeling after the Arsenal win was delight.

“We should have beaten Norwich the previous week. We hadn’t been at our best during the run of losses, but last Saturday we put in a really good performance, scored two goals and everyone was delighted with the result.

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster is confident his calf injury is now behind him.

“The performance gets you the result and at times we had to ride our luck a little bit, it’s Arsenal and they were pushing for a Champions League spot, but we got all three points.

“Now we’ve got Spurs and they’ve been unbelievable in the last few months and they look solid at the back, as well as dangerous going forward. [Head Coach] Antonio Conte has got them playing really well. We’ve played them already this season and we need to learn from those games and take it into this one.”