Sunderland have injury problems with Sam Allardyce sweating on the fitness of four players - but Everton have their own injury crisis.
Right-back Seamus Coleman is a major doubt for Everton's Premier League clash with Sunderland on Sunday because of a stomach bug.
Midfielder Gareth Barry returns from suspension while goalkeeper Tim Howard will be among the players to come back in after manager Roberto Martinez shuffled his pack for the Capital One Cup win over Norwich in midweek.
Left-back Leighton Baines and midfielder Muhamed Besic were both set to return to full training on Friday as they work their way back to match fitness while captain Phil Jagielka remains sidelined by a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Manchester City defender Jason Denayer snubbed the chance to sign for Sunderland over the summer, according to his agent.
Denayer, 20, joined City from the JMG Academy in 2013, and has been able to develop behind his fellow Belgian Vincent Kompany at the Etihad Stadium.
Agent Jesse de Preter told the Scottish Sun: "Jason could have gone out on loan to Sunderland or Norwich.
"They are good clubs but our motto is ‘be part of the success’.
"I don’t think Jason could rejoin a great club like City after taking a backward step. If you do that you risk settling for second best. It is important for Jason to play for an ambitious club where there is pressure — and the pressure at Galatasaray is huge," he added.
And finally, Kevin Nolan is available on a Bosman having been released by West Ham United in the summer.
The ex-Bolton, Newcastle and Hammers star has been linked with a move to Sunderland but now looks set to head a little further north, signing for Mark Warburton's Rangers.