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TEAM NEWS: #SAFC: Pantilimon, Vergini, Reveillere, O’Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Johnson, Alvarez, Graham, Defoe.
The starting teams are out for the FA Cup fifth round clash between Bradford City and Sunderland, which kicks off at 2.30pm.
Bradford famously giant-killed Chelsea in the last round and will be confident of upsetting another Premier League side.
#bcafc LINE UP | City XI (vs Sunderland) Williams, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Liddle, Morais, Knott, Clarke, Hanson, Stead
Jack Rodwell will return to the Sunderland squad ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fifth round trip to Bradford.
The midfielder had been sidelined for the last four games owing to suspension and a groin injury, but will be available for the game at the Coral Windows Stadium.
Elsewhere, Gus Poyet has a doubt over full-back Anthony Reveillere, who limped out of Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat by QPR with a tight hamstring, while Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Lee Cattermole (knee) remain unavailable.
Sunderland squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Jones, Van Aanholt, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Coates, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Alvarez, Agnew, Smith, Fletcher, Defoe, Wickham, Graham.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet faces a series of late decisions as he attempts to put together a team for Saturday's Premier League trip to Swansea.
Striker Connor Wickham, who missed Tuesday night's 3-1 FA Cup fourth round replay victory at Fulham with a calf injury sustained in the warm-up, is likely to sit out once again along with midfielder Lee Cattermole as he continues his recovery from a knee problem.
Adam Johnson (thumb surgery) and Jack Rodwell (groin) are rated at only 50-50, while fellow midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini suffered bruising during the game at Craven Cottage and is also a doubt, along with full-back Billy Jones and midfielder Will Buckley, who both have unspecified knocks.
Sunderland squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Jones, Van Aanholt, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Coates, Bridcutt, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Rodwell, Buckley, Alvarez, Giaccherini, Agnew, Fletcher, Defoe, Graham.
Sunderland have confirmed that midfield flop Cabral has left the club after managing just one Premier League appearance – against Fulham in August 2013 – since joining the club more 18 months ago.
The only other game Cabral featured in was a League Cup victory over MK Dons, also in August 2013.
TEAM NEWS: Sunderland: Pantilimon, van Aanholt, O'Shea (c), Vergini, Reveillere, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Wickham, Johnson, Defoe.
Subs: Mannone, Jones, Fletcher, Graham, Alvarez, Coates, Giaccherini.
Sunderland have completed the signing of England striker Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC with Jozy Altidore heading in the opposite direction.
The Black Cats have confirmed that the 32-year-old former Tottenham frontman has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after completing a swap with United States international Altidore.
Defoe said: "I am delighted to be here and I'm looking forward to the challenge. It is a great club and I've always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I'm really looking forward to it."
Jermain Defoe is to undergo a medical at Sunderland as he closes in on a return to English football.
Press Association Sport understands the 32-year-old Toronto FC striker will have medical checks within the next 24 hours with a view to completing his switch to the Black Cats.
Sunderland have been engaged in advanced talks with Defoe in recent days and now look to be closing in on a capture they hope will significantly boost their attacking threat.
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