Manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed James Tomkins will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery whilst Winston Reid (hamstring) is a major doubt.
Carl Jenkinson is back in contention having been ineligible against parent club Arsenal last weekend but, whilst Carlton Cole is fit again following a hamstring problem, fellow strikers Andy Carroll (knee) and Enner Valencia (toe) remain sidelined.
New Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat will consider selecting Adam Johnson after the club??lifted a suspension imposed following his arrest.
Midfielder Lee Cattermole completes a two-game ban.
Young striker Duncan Watmore, 21, could be involved, while both John O’Shea and Sebastian Larsson hope to be fit despite missing several days of training.