Wickham starts against Chelsea.
Connor Wickham makes his first senior start for Sunderland in almost a year as the Black Cats host Chelsea on Wearside.
The 19-year-old impressed in an outing off the bench against Norwich in the Black Cats' last game and is handed a starting berth up front with Steven Fletcher missing through injury.
Elsewhere John O'Shea returns and takes the captain's armband, with Matt Kilgallon dropping to the bench.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea (c), Cuellar, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Wickham.
Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Colback, Vaughan, Bramble, Saha.
Chelsea: Cech (c), Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill, Romeu, Ramires, Moses, Hazard, Mata, Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Oscar, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.
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