Club skipper Campbell successfully came through his first match since dislocating his shoulder against Brentford on September 19 when he played in the reserves’ win at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.
Walker has played most of his 300-plus games with big Sol at the heart of his defence and, after spending most of their careers together at Spurs, he knows just how much it means to have him back.
Goalkeeper Walker said: "It gives the whole club a lift to have Sol out there. Everyone knows what he can do on the pitch and he’s an inspiration to everyone else with the way he plays and hopefully he’ll be back in the first team as soon as possible.
"That may be in a couple of weeks, as long as he’s mentally ready. I’m sure he will be. He won’t come back before he’s ready but when it does it will be a boost for everyone."
Campbell played 65 minutes at the City Ground and looked assured, confident and comfortable in our 3-1 victory.
"He did well," added Walker. "He had quite a long time out with a bad injury and he’s been taking it nice and easy, making sure it’s right and he eased his way though tonight.
"I don’t think he wanted to get into too much contact but he seemed to cruise through well. He said he felt tired and he’s still got a way to go but it’s good to see him playing again."
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By Paul Miles
Ian Walker summed up Sol Campbell’s return to action by declaring: "He’s an inspiration."