Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is expected to name the majority of his 10 summer signings in his starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League season opener against Fulham.
Jozy Altidore and Emanuele Giaccherini are set to make their competitive debuts while former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone could get the nod ahead of Keiren Westwood.
Defender Wes Brown has been ruled out as a precautionary measure after a slight recurrence of a knee complaint, striker Steven Fletcher is also forced to miss the opening game with an ankle injury, while Craig Gardner is suspended.
Fulham midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic is a doubt for the clash with Sunderland because of a hamstring injury.
Goalkeeper David Stockdale is struggling with a thumb problem, but new signing Maarten Stekelenburg is the club's number one choice in the position.
Adel Taarabt, a loan signing from QPR, is short of match fitness but will be included in the squad.
Sunderland: Mannone, Westwood, Celustka, O'Shea, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cuellar, Cabral, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Altidore, Wickham, Mandron.
Fulham: Stekelenburg, Stockdale, Etheridge, Riise, Senderos, Hangeland, Briggs, Hughes, Riether, Amorebieta, Sidwell, Kasami, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Richardson, Duff, Taarabt, Frei, Boateng, Dejagah, Berbatov, Ruiz, Rodallega, Trotta.