Sunderland defender Wes Brown could make a first competitive appearance for the club in almost 21 months against Newcastle on Sunday.
The 34-year-old former Manchester United star, whose last senior game came against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup in January last year, is available after ridding himself off a calf injury sustained in pre-season.
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, who was ineligible to play against parent club Swansea last weekend, also returns to the squad as the Black Cats attempt to secure a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will make late decisions on central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor ahead of Sunday's derby trip.
Coloccini is battling his way back from a groin problem, while Taylor is nursing a hamstring injury, and while Pardew is yet to rule either out, both must be considered doubts.
Defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is suspended following his red card in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool last Saturday, while midfielder Jonas Gutierrez remains in Argentina after being given leave to deal with a personal issue.
Sunderland: Westwood, Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Brown, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cattermole, Cabral, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Vaughan, Mavrias, Fletcher, Altidore, Wickham, Borini, Ji.
Newcastle: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Williamson, Good, Santon, Dummett, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Vuckic, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.