Wolves expect to have a quartet of players back in contention against the Black Cats.
Midfielders Jamie O’Hara and Stephen Hunt will return after missing the defeat at Chelsea through suspension while striker Kevin Doyle (knee) and defender Richard Stearman, who will play with a cast on his broken wrist, are expected to be available.
But midfielder and former captain Karl Henry will have to serve a one-game ban after incurring his fifth yellow card of the campaign at Stamford Bridge.
Caretaker Sunderland boss Eric Black is unlikely to make wholesale changes.
Black, who has taken charge of team affairs in the wake of Steve Bruce’s departure, has little room for manoeuvre with Titus Bramble and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) back in training, but short of match fitness.
Striker Connor Wickham (knee ligaments) and goalkeepers Simon Mignolet (fractured nose and eye socket) and Craig Gordon (knee) also remain on the sidelines.
Wolves (from): Hennessey, De Vries, Stearman, Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hammill, O’Hara, Hunt, Guedioura, Jarvis, Doyle, Doherty, Elokobi, Craddock, Milijas, Edwards, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Doherty.
Sunderland (from): Westwood, Carson, Brown, Bardsley, Richardson, Turner, Laing, Cattermole, Gardner, Vaughan, Larsson, Colback, Elmohamady, Meyler, Sessegnon, Bendtner, Ji, McClean, Cook, Egan, Noble.