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Sunderland’s new manager Martin O’Neill is expected to recall Craig Gardner at the expense of captain Lee Cattermole who is suspended.
Nicklas Bendtner has not trained this week due to a groin problem, while Phil Bardsley is nursing an ankle injury.
Blackburn have doubts over Ruben Rochina and Martin Olsson, who faces a fitness test on a hamstring strain.
Midfielder Steven Nzonzi serves the final game of his three-match ban and Ryan Nelsen is still sidelined.(BBC Sport)