Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s difficult Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham.
The Uruguayan’s biggest problem will be to find the best XI to attempt to return from White Hart Lane with something to show for their efforts, after admitting he may have made a mistake in starting last Monday’s 2-1 home defeat by West Ham with leading scorer Adam Johnson sitting on the bench. Striker Steven Fletcher remains some way from fitness, while keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) is still missing.
Emmanuel Adebayor is back in contention for Tottenham, although Roberto Soldado and Jan Vertonghen are out.
Sunderland (from): Mannone, Ustari, Celustka, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Vergini, Cuellar, Roberge, Bridcutt, Cattermole, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Colback, Larsson, Ba, Mavrias, Borini, Altidore, Scocco, Wickham.
Tottenham (from): Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Naughton, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Chiriches, Dawson, Fryers, Rose, Sandro, Chadli, Veljkovic, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Paulinho, Bentaleb, Dembele, Lennon, Townsend, Kane, Soldado, Adebayor.