CONNOR Wickham and Adam Johnson returned to the Sunderland line-up for tonight’s clash with second bottom QPR.
Sunderland learned over the weekend that Wickham’s calf injury was not as serious as first feared, and the striker was preferred ahead of Danny Graham.
Adam Johnson was also restored to the side after Ricky Alvarez had started the previous two games.
There were six changes in the QPR side, with injured trio Charlie Austin, Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha all missing.
Rio Ferdinand, Suk-Young Yun, Mauricio Isla, Niko Kranjcar, Karl Henry and Bobby Zamora were all included.
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Reveillere, Vergini, O’Shea, van Aanholt, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Wickham, Defoe. Subs: Brown, Fletcher, Graham, Alvarez, Coates, Agnew, Mannone.
QPR: Green, Caulker, Ferdinand, Phillips, Barton, Fer, Yun, Isla, Kranjcar, Henry, Zamora. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Zarate, Doughty.