Sunderland midfielder Teemu Tainio will miss out on a reunion with former club Tottenham as he battles against a knee injury.
The Finn sat out Tuesday night's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool with the problem, which he suffered at Arsenal on February 21.
Manager Ricky Sbragia otherwise has no fresh fitness concerns as Nyron Nosworthy continues his recovery from a hamstring tear.
The Black Cats have played Kenwyne Jones up front on his own for the last two matches, but those were against Arsenal and Liverpool away from home. Djibril Cisse could return to the starting XI against Spurs with Grant Leadbitter dropping to the bench.All the team news ahead of this weekend's sole Premier League clash with a Tottenham old boy unavailable for Sunderland.