Lee Johnson has made two changes ahead for today’s Sky Bet League One encounter at Cambridge United (KO 3pm).
Luke O’Nien, who was scheduled to see a shoulder specialist on Friday, isn’t included in the matchday squad, with Aiden McGeady also ruled out due to a knee injury.
Bailey Wright, Callum Doyle and Tom Flanagan feature in defence, as Leon Dajaku replaces Lynden Gooch in the starting XI.
Under-23 regulars Cieran Dunne and Will Harris are named amongst the substitutes.
Sunderland AFC: Hoffmann, Flanagan, Evans, Doyle, Dajaku, Broadhead, Stewart, Winchester, Pritchard, Neil, Wright.
Substitutes: Patterson, Alves, Embleton, O’Brien, Gooch, Dunne, Harris.