Larsson and Gardner return.
Seb Larsson and Craig Gardner both return for this afternoon's visit of Aston Villa.
The pair are back in the starting line-up with Gardner moving back into his favoured midfield position.
Larsson, meanwhile, is preferred to James McClean, while Jack Colback continues at left-back ahead of Danny Rose.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Colback, Cuellar, O'Shea, Cattermole (c), Gardner, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Rose, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, McClean, Saha, Westwood.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Bennett, Vlaar (c), Westwood, Clark, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Subs: Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Bowery, Stevens, Lichaj, Given.