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Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill will be without a trio of key players.

Midfielder Craig Gardner is suspended following his sending-off at Aston Villa last weekend, while full-back Kieran Richardson and winger Sebastian Larsson will both miss the rest of the season after undergoing hernia surgery this week.

Skipper Lee Cattermole could return to the Black Cats’ midfield as he battles a persistent knee problem, but the manager will make a late decision on his fitness.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle will again run the rule over his walking wounded ahead of the game.

Coyle claimed another six players picked up knocks in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa, including midfielders Chris Eagles, Ryo Miyaichi and Mark Davies, with none training on Thursday.

Darren Pratley has missed the last two matches through illness, whilst Bolton are still awaiting FIFA clearance to play winger Gregg Wylde following his move from Rangers.

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Gordon, Bardsley, Bridge, Turner, O’Shea, Kilgallon, Kyrgiakos, Lynch, Cattermole, McClean, Vaughan, Meyler, Colback, Sessegnon, Bendtner, Ji, Campbell.

Bolton (from): Bogdan, Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Steinsson, Wheater, Boyata, Knight, Ream, Ricketts, Reo-Coker, M Davies, K Davies, Klasnic, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov, Eagles, Tuncay, Sordell, Vela, Pratley.

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