Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose
Johnson, Sessegnon, McClean
Lowton, Vlaar, Lichaj, Bennett
Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Delph, N'Zogbia
Martin O'Neill welcomes his old club to Wearside with the continued absence of his central defensive duo Titus Bramble (hip) and Wes Brown (calf) leaving his squad notably weakened at the back.
He should, though, have the option of recalling Seb Larsson to his lineup, with the Dane expected to have recovered from the knock that kept him out of Wednesday's Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough.
The visitors also find themselves shorn of a key member of their backline, with Richard Dunne (groin) still not ready for a return to first-team action.
Youngster Joe Bennett will be available, though, returning from his one-match suspension, while Nathan Baker (ankle) and Ciaran Clark (knee) should also be at Paul Lambert's disposal, with both likely to shake off respective recent injuries.
Gary Gardner (cruciate) and Stiliyan Petrov (serious illness) remain long-term absentees for the Midlands side.