Captain John O'Shea was passed fit for Sunderland's crunch basement clash against Aston Villa today.
O'Shea returned from a calf injury to partner fellow ex-Manchester United team-mate Wes Brown in central defence, as one of just two changes to the starting XI.
Duncan Watmore was also included at the expense of the injured Jack Rodwell.
Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, Brown, O'Shea, van Aanholt, Cattermole, M'Vila, Johnson, Watmore, Borini, Defoe. Subs: Pantilimon, Lens, Graham, Toivonen, Coates, Yedlin, Fletcher.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Cissokho, Richards, Lescott, Hutton, Gana, Gil, Bacuna, Grealish, Vertout, Gestede. Subs: Bunn, Okore, Clark, Sinclair, Richardson, Traore, Kozak.