Sunderland v Norwich preview

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill could be without a trio of key

players.

Defender Wes Brown (medial ligament) and midfielder David

Vaughan (ankle ligament) could be sidelined for several weeks after

suffering injuries in Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough, while

skipper Lee Cattermole missed that game with a hamstring problem

which could keep him out again.

O’Neill will hope Fraizer Campbell has suffered no reaction to

his first senior appearance in 17 months following a long-term knee

problem, and that fellow striker Connor Wickham recovers from his

exertions at the weekend with Nicklas Bendtner still out with a

fractured nose.

Norwich have no fresh injury worries.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy, Wales striker Steve Morison and

midfielders Bradley Johnson and Andrew Surman were all rested for

the FA Cup win at West Brom and will come back into contention,

along with on-loan Tottenham full-back Kyle Naughton, who was

ineligible.

Striker James Vaughan has recovered from his long-term knee

injury but is expected to need more time to get fully match fit, as

is defender Elliott Ward.

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O’Shea,

Bramble, Turner, Richardson, Gardner, Larsson, Elmohamady, McClean,

Meyler, Colback, Sessegnon, Wickham, Ji, Campbell.

Norwich (from): Ruddy, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Naughton,

Surman, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington, Morison, Holt, Steer, Bennett,

Crofts, Wilbraham, Drury, Hoolahan, Jackson, Lappin, Tierney,

Barnett.