Seb Larsson

Team news from the SoL

by Stuart Vose

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.