Andrew Nelson has been named on the bench for the first time this season since recovering from a toe injury picked up in pre-season.
The striker, who has been sidelined since a freak injury sustained in a friendly at Hartlepool United in July, has been named on the bench for tonight’s Premier League Cup trip to Peterborough United.
Elsewhere quartet, Jack Bainbridge, Jake Hackett, Jordan Hunter and Jack Diamond, who started at Morecambe last Tuesday in the Checkatrade Trophy start, with 16-year-old Dan Neil also named in the line-up.
Sunderland U23: Patterson, Hunter, Young, Bale, Taylor, Bainbridge, Connelly, Hackett, Diamond, Neil, Kokolo
Subs: Johnstone, Storey, Connelly, Leonard, Nelson