Team news - S'land v WBA: Gardner in for Black Cats

Craig Gardner is back from suspension for Sunderland. Photo: PA

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will welcome Craig Gardner back from suspension for their clash with West Brom.

The 25-year-old, who has played at both full-back and in midfield this season, is available again after serving a one-match ban for reaching five bookings.

O'Neill admitted "one or two" players are battling against knocks, but declined to name them, but midfielder Lee Cattermole (knee) and full-back Phil Bardsley (hamstring) returned to action in the 3-1 win at Fulham on Sunday, while keeper Keiren Westwood (thigh) was able to take a seat on the bench.

West Brom central defender Gareth McAuley and on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will return for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

McAuley has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered on international duty with Northern Ireland while Lukaku was ineligible to face his parent club in Albion's 2-1 win last weekend.

But midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is ruled out with a tight hamstring sustained against the Blues and keeper Ben Foster is absent for a third successive game with a groin problem.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose, Cattermole, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Sessegnon, Saha, Fletcher, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden.

West Brom: Myhill, Daniels, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Jara Reyes, Popov, Ridgewell, Yacob, Brunt, Dorrans, Morrison, El Ghanassy, Gera, Fortune, Odemwingie, Lukaku, Long, Rosenberg.