England hopeful Jack Colback faces the daunting prospect of a return to former club Sunderland on Sunday, knowing that his appearance is likely to be greeted with a torrent of abuse from the home fans.
As the Daily Star reports, Colback was paraded as a Sunderland hero last season, after scoring in a 3-0 win over the Magpies. However, he instantly became a villain at the Stadium of Light, after switching allegiances last summer.
This weekend’s game will mark the player’s first return to his former side since the move. He’ll be attempting to end a miserable run of results for John Carver’s side, who could be facing up to the prospect of a fifth successive defeat against their neighbours.
It’s an equally huge game for Sunderland, with new manager Dick Advocaat making his home debut. However, much of the focus is likely to be on Colback, who has reportedly given his boss the low-down on his former teammates.
Carver said: “I’ll be having a chat with Jack about how he deals with the situation but he’s a big enough character and personality to handle the whole thing.
“He scored against us as a Newcastle fan and he then signed for us so he’s dealt with those two situations. I’m sure he’ll deal with this one as long as he plays the game and not the occasion.”