Sunderland return to Checkatrade Trophy action tonight when they face League One side Doncaster Rovers - with Mika, Jack Rodwell and Brendan Galloway handed starts.
The Under-21s travel to the Keepmoat Stadium (KO 7.30pm) for the second of their three group games.
Robbie Stockdale’s side were beaten 3-1 by Scunthorpe United in August to leave them bottom of Northern Group H.
Sunderland then travel to face Grimsby Town at Blundell Park on November 8, their final group game.
Scunthorpe currently top the group with Doncaster second and Grimsby third after the first round of games.
Michael Woud, Sam Brotherton, Joel Asoro and Elliot Embleton are not involved as they are all away on international duty.
Sunderland Under-21s: Sunderland U21: Mika, Love, Beadling, Hume, Galloway, E.Robson, Rodwell, Gamble, Greenwood, Molyneux, Nelson.
Subs: Talbot, T. Robson, Diamond, Bale, Taylor, Storey, Allan.