Full team news from the Stadium of Light.
Martin O'Neill has been boosted by the return of Lee Cattermole ahead of this evening's game against QPR.
Cattermole had been rated as doubtful through injury but has been passed fit to play and starts in central midfield.
Elsewhere Matt Kilgallon makes his first league appearance of the season in place of John O'Shea, while Jack Colback makes way for Craig Gardner.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Cattermole (c), Gardner, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Colback, Vaughan, Bramble, McClean, Saha, Westwood.
QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Traore, Hill, Nelsen (c), Mbia, Diakite, Granero, Taarabt, Mackie, Cisse.
Subs: Derry, Ferdinand, Park, Wright-Phillips, Fabio, Hoilett, Green.