Kenwyne Jones is likely to make his first start of the season for Sunderland at Chelsea after recovering from knee ligament damage.
Goalkeeper Craig Gordon (ankle) is still struggling so Marton Fulop is expected to start his third game in a row.
Phil Bardsley suffered a dead-leg at Stoke on Wednesday but he should recover in time.
Roy Keane has said there will be changes after the 1-0 defeat at Stoke, and Teemu Tainio, Nyron Nosworthy and Pascal Chimbonda are pushing for a return.
Team (from): Gordon, Fulop, Colgan, Bardsley, Chimbonda, Ferdinand, Nosworthy, Collins, McCartney, Malbranque, Whitehead, Tainio, Leadbitter, Miller, Yorke, Richardson, Reid, Diouf, Jones, Cisse, Chopra, Murphy, Healy, Waghorn.