Charlie Wyke will lead the line against Luton Town today, with Josh Maja missing out due to illness.
With Lee Cattermole suspended and George Honeyman sidelined, Aiden McGeady once again captains the Black Cats.
Chris Maguire has been recalled after scoring one and assisting two in the Lads’ midweek Checkatrade Trophy win, while Max Power and Dylan McGeouch feature in central midfield.
New signing Jimmy Dunne is named amongst the substitutes, with Adam Matthews and Bryan Oviedo also on the bench.
Bali Mumba and Benji Kimpioka are also available in reserve.
Sunderland: McLaughlin, O’Nien, Flanagan, Baldwin, James, McGeouch, Power, Maguire, McGeady, Gooch, Wyke.
Substitutes: Ruiter, Matthews, Oviedo, Ozturk, Dunne, Mumba, Kimpioka.