Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff is back training but won't feature against Hull City tomorrow.
The influential midfielder has been out for six weeks with a hamstring injury but is closing in on a return.
Manager David Moyes has confirmed he won't play against fellow strugglers Hull City at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, though.
Moyes, speaking at his pre-match press conference, said: "Fabio Borini and Lee Cattermole aren't back yet and Jack Rodwell has an injury, but apart from that we're okay.
"Jan Kirchhoff is back in training but he won't feature."
The Echo understands Kirchhoff could feature for the Under-23s against Manchester United on Monday night.
Lee Cattermole, Fabio Borini and Jack Rodwell are also out of the game against Hull, while Steven Pienaar serves a suspension after seeing red against Bournemouth.
Victor Anichebe picked up a rib injury against Bournemouth but finished the game and is fit for the weekend.