Stadium of Light: Home of Sunderland(credit: Wikipedia
Sunderland’s defensive headache continues heading into Saturday’s visit of Bolton Wanderers to the Stadium of Light. (kick-off 12.45 GMT, live on Sky Sports 2)
Anton Ferdinand (hamstring/back) has joined first-choice centre-backs Titus Bramble and Michael Turner (both knee) on the sidelines, meaning on-loan Nedum Onuoha will switch from full-back.
Ahmed Elmohamady is expected to come into the starting XI at right back, but Bolo Zenden is doubtful due to a concussion.
Mark Davies misses out for Bolton through suspension, so Fabrice Muamba is set to start for Wanderers following his goal against Blackburn last week.
Last Premier League games:
Fulham 0 SUNDERLAND 0: Mignolet, Onuoha, Mensah, Ferdinand (Elmohamady 10), Bardsley, Meyler (Gyan 53), Cattermole, Henderson, Richardson, Welbeck (Zenden 78), Bent. Not used: Gordon, Malbranque, Angeleri, Da Silva.
BOLTON WANDERERS 2 BLACKBURN 1: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee (Muamba 58), M Davies, Holden, Petrov (Taylor 77), Elmander, K Davies. Not used: Bogdan, Steinsson, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake.