MARTIN O’Neill is fully aware of the difficult week Danny Rose has had after the England Under 21 international became the centre of a racist storm in Serbia on Tuesday night.
The Sunderland left-back suffered horrendous racial abuse in the Under 21’s game in Krusevac with the fall-out still ongoing in the wake of disgraceful scenes at the final whistle with Rose being taunted and abused as scuffles broke out.
But the manager does not expect the events of the last few days to impact on the player’s state of mind for the Wear-Tyne derby this Sunday.
O’Neill will check on Rose’s mental state before the game but his hunch is that that the on-loan Spurs defender will simply want to get straight back in the groove.
He said: “I’ve let things lie with Danny since they happened and as far as this weekend’s game is concerned and I’ll look at how he is mentally closer to the game.
“But my thoughts are that he’s likely to just want to put it behind him now and get on with it.
“He is very disappointed with the state of affairs and somewhat angry too.
“I’m sure there’ll be a lot more said over the next few days and perhaps until we get the full picture it’s perhaps best for me not to say too much.
“But it has been very disappointing from my point of view, given the efforts over the last few years, the concerted efforts, to eradicate racism from our game.
“It’s a difficult situation for him and I have the utmost sympathy for him.
“It’s something he shouldn’t have to endure.
“I noticed the assistant manager at the time told him to try to get through it and they would fight the case afterwards and I think that was probably the sensible thing to do.”