Michael Richardson

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Michael Richardson is set to continue his comeback from injury when the Reserves host Sunderland on Thursday night, and the midfielder is desperate to avenge November's 3-0 second-string defeat at the Stadium of Light.

United suffered their first Barclays Premier Reserve League loss of the season at the hands of their local rivals, with striker Ryan Noble hitting a hat-trick, and Richardson captained a youthful side that evening.

He will figure in this week's derby at the Sports Direct Arena (kick-off 7pm) as he continues his return from an ankle injury, and the 19-year-old is hoping to go one further than the first-team managed at the weekend and beat the Black Cats on Tyneside. 

As a boyhood Newcastle fan, Kingston Park-born Richardson knows exactly how much is at stake when the Magpies take on Sunderland at any level.

He told nufc.co.uk: "The first-team had their derby on Sunday and now it's us on Thursday, and after getting beat 3-0 down there it's still hurting.

"So we want to come back and hopefully put three - or even more - past them if we can."

Richardson played the first 45 minutes of Monday night's 4-0 Reserve defeat at Aston Villa - his first appearance since his training ground injury in January. He hopes to figure for at least an hour on Thursday.

Thursday night's game at the Sports Direct Arena kicks off at 7pm. Admission is £3 for adults and £1 concessions through the East Stand turnstiles. Season ticket holders and Club Members are entitled to free entry. Sunderland fans should pay on turnstiles 31-38 in the North East corner of the stadium.