JAMES McCLEAN was handed his first start in four games for Sunderland’s trip to Norwich City today.
McClean replaced the injured Lee Cattermole in the starting line-up, with Seb Larsson partnering Craig Gardner in the centre of midfield.
It was the only change by Martin O’Neill, although there were spots on the bench for Connor Wickham and James McFadden, with Louis Saha also missing out through injury.
Norwich were unchanged from the side which drew 1-1 at Southampton in midweek, with former Sunderland man Michael Turner unable to shake off a shoulder problem.
NORWICH: Bunn, Whittaker, Bassong, Bennett, Garrido, Pilkington, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Bennett, Barnett.
SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Colback, Vaughan, Bramble.