Newcastle United are not surprisingly unchanged for Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby with Joey Barton (suspension) and Jonas Gutierrez (shoulder) returning to the subs bench.
That means Oba Martins will again partner Shola Ameobi in attack with Nicky Butt captaining the side. The Newcastle bench looks very strong in Jonas Gutierrez, Jose Enrique, Charles N’Zogbia, Claudio Cacapa, Joey Barton and Xisco
Xisco is preferred to Andy Carroll, who had a good run-out with the Reserves earlier this week.
For Sunderland, Kenwyne Jones returns to the squad but is only on the bench after a knee injury.
Sunderland: Martin Fulop, George McCartney, Dean Whitehead, Steed Malbranque, Djibril Cisse, Kieran Richardson, El-Hadji Diouf, Danny Collins, Dwight Yorke, Pascal Chimbonda, Anton Ferdinand
Subs: Phil Bardsley, Teemu Tainio, Michael Chopra, Kenwyne Jones, Grant Leadbitter, Andy Reid, Nick Colgan
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Geremi, Shola Ameobi, Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Jonas Gutierrez, Jose Enrique, Charles N’Zogbia, Claudio Cacapa, Joey Barton, Xisco
Referee: Mike Riley