Sunderland injury news for crunch clash at Stoke City

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SEB LARSSON is itching to return to first-team action, as the Swede completes his two-match suspension this weekend.

Larsson has been one of Sunderland’s most consistent performers this season, yet the 29-year-old will again be missing for tomorrow’s trip to Stoke City after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in the Wear-Tyne derby earlier this month.

The Swedish international is one of three prominent members of the squad on the sidelines, with Emanuele Giaccherini out for the season as he recovers from ankle surgery and Wes Brown still receiving treatment for the knee problem sustained at West Ham last month.

However, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says Brown is making progress in his hopes of featuring before the end of the season.

“Wes Brown is still injured and Larsson still has one suspension,” said the head coach.

“Wes is going the right way, that looks very positive. And Larsson shows on the training pitch that he is desperate to start again.”

Advocaat has the same options at his disposal tomorrow, as he had for Sunderland’s last game against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

However, the ex-Holland manager could opt for a change of formation at the Britannia Stadium after experimenting with Sunderland’s system in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Hamilton last week.