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Sunderland pair Johnson and Brown fit for Anfield trip

Adam Johnson and Wes Brown are both set to return to Sunderland's starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League trip to Liverpool.

Both men missed Wednesday night's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City with minor knocks but will come straight back into the side as boss Gus Poyet looks to freshen up his team.

On-loan defender Sebastian Coates is ineligible to face his parent club while Steven Fletcher is in the squad but doubtful thanks to the back injury he suffered in the loss to City.

Provisional squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Cattermole, Rodwell, Bridcutt, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Alvarez, Mavrias, Fletcher, Wickham, Altidore.

Gerrard set for bench again

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could find himself rested again for the visit of Sunderland on Saturday.

With Tuesday's must-win Champions League encounter at home to Basle followed by a trip to Manchester United manager Brendan Rodgers may choose to give the 34-year-old another break.

Midfielder Philippe Coutinho has recovered from the knee problem which troubled him midweek, left-back Jose Enrique could come back in as his game time is also being managed after a knee operation

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Toure, Skrtel, Enrique, Lucas, Henderson, Allen, Lallana, Sterling, Lambert, Jones, Manquillo, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Can, Coutinho, Markovic, Borini.

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Teams: Sunderland v Chelsea

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SAFC: Pantilimon, Vergini, Reveillere, Brown, O'Shea (c), Larsson, Johnson, Cattermole, Rodwell, Wickham, Fletcher.

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Team to play Sunderland: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. #CFC

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