Emerton may return to face Cats

The Australia international’s groin problem kept him out of the

Boxing Day draw at Wigan but manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful

Emerton will be fit for the visit of the Black Cats. Allardyce may

decide to change things up front as on-loan Chelsea striker Franco

Di Santo, with one goal all season and none in his last nine

appearances, was a virtual spectator against the Latics. Rovers

(from): Robinson, Chimbonda, Jacobsen, Nelsen, Samba, Salgado,

Pedersen, Givet, NZonzi, Hoilett, Andrews, Emerton, Di Santo,

Roberts, McCarthy, Kalinic, Diouf, Jones, Brown.