Burnley’s record signing Jeff Hendrick must serve a one-match ban on Saturday after accumulating five bookings.
Matt Lowton is available after suspension, while Dean Marney limped off during the Boxing Day win over Middlesbrough and will be assessed.
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone is expected to make his first league appearance since August because Jordan Pickford is out with a knee injury.
Adnan Januzaj returns after being ineligible to face Manchester United.
Javier Manquillo, Jack Rodwell and Steven Pienaar have returned to training after injuries.
Alistair Mann: “If Burnley beat Sunderland they’ll move nine points clear of their opponents and could conceivably end 2016 in the top half of the table.
“While Sean Dyche rarely inflates the importance of one fixture against another, those incentives must surely play a significant part in his team’s motivation.
“The visitors arrive having been hit with yet another significant blow as Jordan Pickford’s untimely injury has now added to what is already one of the longest casualty lists in the division.
“With at least three of his squad shortly departing for the Africa Cup of Nations, and seemingly little money to spend in January, David Moyes’ side can ill afford to lose this increasingly significant fixture.”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “We are on a sound footing here. We know that financially, the way the club is run.
“It’s a challenge when you try to spend money to get players in sometimes because of the enormity of what’s needed.
“On the other hand, we are in a very stable place with regards others trying to get our players.”
Sunderland manager David Moyes on the imminent transfer window: “I’ve spoken with the owner and I think there’s a chance that maybe we could try to do things if the right things turn up, so we can only look and see.
“And the other thing is, I have always been an expensive seller.”
Sunderland will be ready for a battle and I have a feeling they will get some joy here, despite Burnley’s strong home form.
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