Sunderland are set to recall Republic of Ireland midfielder David Meyler from his loan spell at npower Championship Hull after tonight’s game at Derby as injuries mount up.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill will await the results of late fitness tests on a trio of key players before naming his team for tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Southampton.
Full-backs Phil Bardsley (knee), Danny Rose (ankle) and striker Steven Fletcher (back) have returned to light training, but are yet to prove they are ready to play at the St Mary’s Stadium.
Skipper Lee Cattermole remains on the long-term casualty list with a knee ligament injury.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Kilgallon, O’Shea, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Fletcher.