The Birmingham City striker, who broke numerous goalscoring records on Wearside, is certain to make his first start of the season for Alex McLeish's injury-ravaged side in the third round tie.
Phillips admits it promises to be an emotional night and could well be his final appearance at the Stadium of Light where he made such an enormous impression under former boss Peter Reid.
Those were the days: Kevin Phillips became a Sunderland hero after scoring many goals during his time at the Stadium of Light
Phillips, who finished his time as the club's leading goalscorer after breaking Brian Clough's record, said: `I'm excited about the game because it's not often these days I start matches and because, of course, the game's in Sunderland.
'I'm really looking forward to coming back up to the North East and it has dawned on me that this could be the last time I play at the Stadium of Light.
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