Wes Brown is set to line up for Sunderland at Aston Villa after having his red card in last week's defeat at Stoke rescinded by a Football Association appeals panel.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet can also call on Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena, both of whom have completed three-game bans as a result of their recent sendings-off at Hull.
Vito Mannone is set to keep his place in goal as Keiren Westwood struggles to recover from a slight knock, while Carlos Cuellar is still sidelined with a hip injury.
Paul Lambert must decide whether to restore forwards Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann to the Aston Villa starting line-up.
The pair came on as second-half substitutes in Monday's 2-2 draw with local rivals West Brom after recent injuries along with midfielder Fabian Delph.
All three are available for the Black Cats' visit, as is left-back Antonio Luna after a recent hamstring complaint.