Dick Advocaat welcomed back Lee Cattermole for the Wear/Tyne derby against Newcastle in place of Jack Rodwell, who is presumably injured.
Santiago Vergini came into central defence for the injured Wes Brown, and there was a surprise sprung at right back with the energy of Billy Jones preferred to the experience of Anthony Reveillere.
Ricky Alvarez wasn't fit enough to return, but Will Buckley was back on the bench after injury. 'Mag-slayer' Adam Johnson was on the bench too.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Costel Pantilimon; Billy Jones, Patrick van Aanholt, John O'Shea (c), Santiago Vergini, Lee Cattermole, Jordi Gomez, Seb Larsson, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham, Jermain Defoe.
Subs: Liam Bridcutt, Adam Johnson, Anthony Reveillere, Danny Graham, Sebastian Coates, Will Buckley, Vito Mannone.
Newcastle: Tim Krul, RyanTaylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko (c),Jonas Gutierrez, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi, Remi Cabella, Ayoze Perez.
Subs: Rob Elliot, Vernon Anita, Mehdi Abeid, Olivier Kemen, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Adam Armstrong.