Winger passes late check.
Winger Adam Johnson starts for Sunderland after being passed fit ahead of this afternoon's game against Wigan (KO 3pm).
His return reunites the Black Cats' attacking four of Johnson, James McClean, Stephane Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher.
Johnson replaces the suspended Lee Cattermole, while John O'Shea and Titus Bramble both return.
Meanwhile Simon Mignolet starts in goal with Fletcher up front after both were rested for the midweek win over MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea ©, Bramble, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha, Westwood.
Wigan: Al-Habsi, Boyce, Figueroa, Caldwell ©, Ramis, Beausejour, Maloney, McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez, Kone.
Subs: Jones, Watson, Di Santo, Boselli, McManaman, Miyaichi, Pollitt.