Sunderland v Wigan preview

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will make late checks on a trio of

players. Striker Danny Welbeck remains a doubt after picking up a

hamstring strain at Birmingham last weekend, while Kieran

Richardson and Sulley Muntari (both calf) are battling against the

clock to be fit. Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) is unlikely to make it

with fellow defenders Titus Bramble (knee) and John Mensah

(adductor tear) already ruled out. Striker Fraizer Campbell and

keeper Craig Gordon both underwent knee surgery earlier this week

and will be missing until well into next season, and Trevor Carson

has been recalled from his loan spell at Brentford to provide the

back-up to Simon Mignolet, who will continue in goal despite a poor

afternoon at St Andrews. Left-back Maynor Figueroa is again Wigan’s

only major absentee. The Honduras international misses the trip to

Wearside as he completes a two-match ban for collecting 10 yellow

cards this season. Latics are otherwise at full strength with no

injuries to report and manager Roberto Martinez could opt for an

unchanged side following last week’s rousing win at Blackpool,

which lifted the club out of the relegation zone for the first time

in three months. Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Carson, Onuoha,

Bardsley, Angeleri, Turner, Cattermole, Muntari, Richardson,

Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Zenden,

Colback, Meyler, Gyan, Welbeck, Noble, Knott, Adams, Lynch. Wigan

(from): Al Habsi, G Caldwell, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Watson, N’Zogbia,

Diame, Moses, McCarthy, Rodallega, Stam, Lopez, Thomas, Gomez,

McArthur, McManaman, Cleverley, S Caldwell, Sammon, Di Santo,

Boyce, Thomas, Pollitt, Kirkland.