FRAIZER Campbell hopes to put a six-month injury nightmare behind him by earning a call-up to Sunderland’s squad to face Liverpool this weekend.
The 20-year-old has been sidelined since tearing cruciate ligaments against Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in late August.
And although the return fixture against the Blues, on April 3, is a likelier return date, Campbell would love to be back against the Reds this Sunday in front of a sell-out crowd (1.30pm kick-off).
“Out against Man City and back against Man City might be a better story,” he smiled.
“But, personally, I can’t wait to get back playing and if the manager asked me if I could play this weekend, of course I’d say ‘yes’.
“I’ve got to be guided by what the medical advice is, especially after being out for such a long time,
“But I’m feeling good right now and there’s still a few days to go before the Liverpool game, so we’ll see.”
Campbell is one of a bunch of Sunderland players making their way back from injury with both Nedum Onuoha and Bolo Zenden fit to return to the squad for Liverpool and Danny Welbeck already having had a run-out as sub in the 0-0 draw at Arsenal 12 days ago.
Campbell, who was in blistering form in pre-season, had yet to break his duck before injury struck at the start of the season.
And he’s aware he’s got form against Liverpool.
“I played against them in the Carling Cup when I was on loan at Spurs in 2008 and scored twice in a 4-2 win,” he recalled.
“It would be nice to think I might play and score again this weekend, but, in all honesty, it would just be nice if we could get a good result against them.
“I can’t wait to get my season up and running again after six months out and if I’m asked to play against Liverpool I’ll be more than happy.
“But I’ve got to make sure that when I come back, everyone’s confident it’s the right time.
“The two things I want to see, is me playing first-team football again and Sunderland finishing this season strongly.
“Hopefully I’ll get both in the next few months.”