Chopra back in Toon with Black Cats

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra will be aiming to inflict defeat on his former club if he lines up against the Magpies for Sunderland in Sunday's Tyne-Weir derby.

The Geordie front-man began his career at St. James' Park in 2002, scoring his only league goal for United against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in April 2006 (pictured), before signing for Cardiff City later that summer.

And he's expecting nothing but a frosty reception from the Toon Army when he returns to Tyneside at the weekend.

"It would be nice to actually start a derby game there," he said. "I know I will be getting stick off the fans. Growing up in the North East you know what it’s about. People go on about my celebration when I scored for Newcastle at Sunderland but if you look at when I scored for Sunderland against Spurs on my debut the same feelings went through my body."

Chopra went on to achieve iconic status at Ninian Park, netting 22 league goals in the 2006/07 campaign, convincing Sunderland to splash out £500,000 for his signature.

However, he has failed to set the world alight on Weirside, with the 25-year-old returning to South Wales on loan in November last year - netting five times in 11 outings - before new Black Cats' boss Ricky Sbragia recalled the English-Asian forward.

He played the full 90-minutes in Sunderland's goalless draw with Blackburn in the FA Cup Fourth Round last Saturday.

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