Gary Rowell: Campbell’s return great for Sunderland

Fraizer Campbell celebrates
Fraizer Campbell celebrates
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FRAIZER Campbell’s return is a great story for a lad who has suffered 18 months of misery.

To be out with one long-term injury is bad enough, but to have two takes a lot of mental strength to overcome.

It was a great way to come back and I could not be more delighted for him.

I have read that he is one of the best lads around because he has always got a smile on his face, but at some time he must have gone home and thought “Why is this happening to me?”

The monotony of going in every day for treatment is so tough when there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel.

When you train, you do it for the game at the end of the week, but when you’re injured, you haven’t got that.

There is a long-term goal of getting back and there are various stages on your recovery, but on a match day, Campbell will have turned up at the Stadium of Light just to watch and it gets to you.

He does seem to have that mental ability to get on with it though and he has got his rewards now.

At a time when Sunderland are suffering injuries, it won’t do any harm to get a player back who can play in a few positions.

Nobody could deny him that goal and who knows, that might be a really important one for Sunderland come the end of the season.