Jelavic set for return from injury

Striker Nikica Jelavic has recovered from a shin injury and returns to the squad for Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie against Leeds at Elland Road.

Sunderland vs Everton: Nikica Jelavic

Defender Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (thigh) are still absent, although the former is expected to have recovered in time for the weekend's visit of Southampton.

Manager David Moyes is expected to make a couple of changes but he plans to put out a strong side and defender Sylvain Distin could return having been rested at the weekend.

Leeds skipper Lee Peltier is a major doubt. The defender Peltier was forced out of the weekend win over Nottingham Forest with an ankle injury and is not expected to be risked by manager Neil Warnock.

Warnock will also make a late decision on striker Luciano Becchio, who fired his seventh goal in eight appearances this season against Forest despite carrying an ankle injury.

Teenager Dominic Poleon scored on his full debut for the club against Forest and will be hoping to resume his partnership up front with Becchio, although Andy Gray provides Warnock with an alternative option.

Forward Ross McCormack (ankle), plus midfield pair David Norris (thigh) and Paul Green (knee) remain sidelined, but defender Adam Drury returned at the weekend after a muscle strain and is likely to continue at right-back.



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