Sunderland manager Jack Ross could welcome back defender Denver Hume and former Scotland international Dylan McGeouch for Saturday’s early League One kick-off against Portsmouth.
Hume (groin) and McGeouch (ankle), who appeared in the opening league draws against Oxford and Ipswich, both missed out on the Black Cats’ 3-1 Carabao Cup win at Accrington but are set to return on Saturday.
Three, however, remain sidelined as Glenn Loovens, Duncan Watmore and Ethan Robson continue to await their first full appearance in red and white stripes this season.
Watmore, 25, aggravated a thigh injury after coming on as a substitute against Oxford, whilst Robson suffered a similar problem midway through pre-season.
Visiting Portsmouth have similar numbers in the treatment room, but Kenny Jackett is expecting to have a fully-fit squad in the near future.
Striker Oli Hawkins, yet to make an appearance for Pompey this season, was added to the injury list with a foot problem but is expected to return again next week.
Still awaiting his first appearance since returning to Fratton Park is winger and former academy graduate Ryan Williams, who rejoined Pompey in the summer after a seven-year absence but suffered a quad injury at the beginning of pre-season.
Fellow midfielder Bryn Morris (hip) and long-term absentee Jack Whatmough (knee) also remain out of the squad making the long journey north.