Norwich City defender Daniel Ayala is enjoying his loan spell at Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old centre-back is yet to feature under Chris Hughton despite being involved in the Canaries' pre-season plans.

"I couldn't work out why I kept getting hamstring injuries and it may have been because I was doing too much work in the gym and straining my back," he said. "I improved after cutting out the dead-lifts, and I got myself fit again.

"There's nothing like playing games to make you feel sharper, because it was frustrating not being in the team at Norwich."

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