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Sunderland have several fitness concerns for the New Year’s Day game, including Kieran Richardson who has missed training because of illness.
Defenders Phil Bardsley and Titus Bramble both picked up injuries on Boxing Day and are doubtful.
Manchester City in contrast have a near full-strength squad to choose from with the exception of Carlos Tevez.
Micah Richards returns following a calf strain, while Aleksandar Kolarov is back after six games out.(BBC Sport)