Dean Richards is available after being cup-tied for last weekend's Worthington Cup Final.
The longer-term injured are also making huge strides.
Stephen Clemence (groin) played an hour for the reserves at West Ham while Gary Doherty (broken leg), Chris Armstrong (hernia) and Stephen Carr (knee) are all expected to return to full training soon.
Assistant boss John Gorman reported: "Everyone is getting fit again and we've some great bonuses as well.
"Stephen Carr is in training again, still a bit off returning yet, obviously and Stephen Clemence played for the reserves against West Ham.
"We are looking a good, strong squad. Carry is still a few weeks but he has to get back for the reserves first, he's such a fit lad anyway. Clem played 60 minutes at West Ham and had no reaction. It's looking good."
John added that we would not be resting players on Saturday with the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea just around the corner.
"We won't be resting players," he confirmed. "The reason we did it before was because we were worried about suspensions before the final and we had to be sensible. Hopefully we'll have a full squad to pick from."
Patrick Mboma will be handed a first start for Sunderland.
The on-loan Parma striker will line up alongside Kevin Phillips after being used as a substitute in the defeat by Newcastle last Sunday.
But Peter Reid will be without Gavin McCann and Emerson Thome (both knee), Julio Arca (groin) and Paul Thirlwell (ankle).
The only news is good news on the injury front.