Injured trio Danny Rose, Carlos Cuellar and Lee Cattermole are poised for return, according to Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill. With the Black Cats not in action until Tuesday due to the FA Cup fixtures this weekend, O'Neill is optimistic over the trio returning sooner rather than later.
"Hopefully we'll have that bit of extra freshness ahead of Tuesday's game," the manager told the club's official website.
"Having won the game [at Wigan] last Saturday, it would have been nice to be involved in the cup again with a chance to play Everton.
"That's gone now, so we can concentrate fully on Tuesday night."