Jack Colback will be happy to see Lee Cattermole come back into contention for a starting berth at Sunderland, even though he could be forced out.
Colback is currently in the process of helping to cover Cattermole's absence as he serves a four-match ban.
He is halfway through that suspension and will be ready to make his return in an FA Cup quarter-final replay with Everton on 27th March.
It is expected that he will be thrown straight back into the fold by Martin O'Neill, with his standing as club captain set to work in his favour.
Colback could be the man to make way for Cattermole, despite impressing over recent weeks, but he has the best interests of the club at heart.
The 22-year-old, who is also looking forward to seeing Stephane Sessegnon back in action, told the Evening Chronicle: "There are no mixed feelings for me, it will be good to have those lads coming back.
"They are two big players for us.
"For all the central midfielders this season, it has been a bit in and out at times because there is a lot of competition for places.
"That is only good for the club and it shows when we do have a few injuries or suspensions we have players who can step in."