Team news from the Britannia Stadium.
Lee Cattermole makes an immediate return to the Sunderland side at Stoke this afternoon.
The captain comes back in after completing a three-match ban as Martin O'Neill opts for one change to the side which drew with Newcastle last time out.
Stephane Sessegnon misses out and takes his place amongst the substitutes.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Cattermole (c), Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Fletcher.
Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Saha, Sessegnon, Westwood.
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Wilson, Walters, Whitehead, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Crouch.
Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Upson, Etherington, Wilkinson, Palacios.