Sidelined in the process of scoring our winning goal at Sunderland in mid-September, Ryan marked his comeback as a second half substitute in Sunday’s 5-1 win at Bournemouth.
Naturally thrilled to play a part in such a convincing victory, the 24-year-old is understandably keen to resume regular duties as part of our midfield operation.
But he knows the battle for a starting spot is as fierce as ever.
“The most important thing is that the team has been doing well and this was the perfect game to come back into,” said Ryan as he reflected on the win on the south coast.
“I’m happy to be back. We’ve got competition for places all over the pitch and that’s why we’re doing so well.
“Everyone is on their toes, improving each other, the players who aren’t playing are training hard and driving on the players who are playing.
“It’s good to be part of that and we’ve got a few extra days now until the next game, so hopefully I’ll train well, get more fitness under my belt and push for a start.”
Ryan’s last appearance prior to Sunday – at Sunderland on September 13 – was the fourth game of a now nine-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. The England international was quick to praise the rest of the lads for maintaining such solid domestic form and hopes to help us continue along similar lines in the coming weeks.
“It’s not easy to go nine games unbeaten at any level, let alone in the Premier League – the toughest league in the world,” he added.
“It’s a good achievement for the team but we’re not thinking about that, we’re just concentrating on winning games and progressing.”