Premier League team news: Fulham v Sunderland

Hangeland's return to fitness is a huge boost for Fulham Photo: PA

Fulham captain Brede Hangeland could return after a three-month absence in Saturday's clash with Sunderland, who have no fresh injuries.

The Norway defender underwent surgery in December to clear sciatic nerve trouble and is back in full training with the Whites.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will have an ankle complaint assessed before the match, while full-back Kieran Richardson is available after hamstring tightness.

Steven Fletcher is set to keep his place in Sunderland's starting line-up for the trip to Fulham after shrugging off a slight knock sustained in the midweek League Cup win over Manchester United.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet does not expect any fresh injury concerns and could keep faith in the side that secured their 2-1 first-leg win, although Adam Johnson is pushing for a recall after being singled out by Poyet for special praise.

Poyet is without midfielder Cabral who has moved to Genoa on loan until the end of the season, while goalkeeper Keiren Westwood remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Fulham squad: Stekelenburg, Stockdale, Riether, Zverotic, Hughes, Burn, Senderos, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Riise, Richardson, Parker, Boateng, Karagounis, Sidwell, Ruiz, Kasami, Dejagah, Rodallega, Kacaniklic, Dembele, David, Bent, Berbatov.

Sunderland squad: Mannone, Pickford, Celustka, Dossena, Alonso, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Diakite, Roberge, Cattermole, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Mavrias, Colback, Fletcher, Altidore, Borini