Defender John O'Shea has handed Sunderland boss Gus Poyet a major boost by training ahead of Wednesday night's tough Premier League clash with Chelsea.
Gus Poyet has called on his side to break their away day curse as they travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Wes Brown is set to line up for Sunderland at Aston Villa on Saturday after having his red card in last week's defeat at Stoke rescinded by a Football
Vito Mannone is relishing the challenge of keeping Keiren Westwood out of the Sunderland team.
Jordan Pickford is expected to return in goal for Burton against Dagenham.
Sunderland's teenage goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has resumed his loan spell at Burton.
Gus Poyet is hoping continuity at the back can establish a platform for Sunderland to maintain their bid for safety.
Martin O'Neill has admitted he is surprised no club has taken the chance to hand Roy Keane a return to management.
Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone has urged his team-mates to buy into new manager Gus Poyet's philosophy to drag the club out of trouble.
Gus Poyet has told his Sunderland players they still have time to clinch a place in his long-term plans.
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