Adam Johnson made a successful return to Sunderland first team being brought on late in the day for Stephane Sessegnon, during Sunderland’s 2-0 league cup triumph over the MK Dons.
The England winger was brought on to make only his third appearance for the club, and first since his thigh injury picked up on international duty.
In a tiny five minute cameo the £10 million man barely had a baring on the match, but his involvement is a boost to everyone at the club.
Martin O’Neill told the club’s official website, “I brought Adam on to give him a few minutes on the pitch. The second goal helped make my mind on that.
“I wanted to bring him on to make him feel involved again. We’ll see how he is after that cameo and try and get him fit and ready for Saturday.”
Securing the signature of the former Middlesbrough man was a real coup for Sunderland, with English club’s playing in Europe reportedly after the 25 year old.