Sam Allardyce is waiting on the fitness of full-back Billy Jones before naming the Sunderland squad for Saturday’s visit of Chelsea.
The 29-year-old has struggled to force his way into the Black Cats’ side since the turn of the year with his last involvement coming back in February.
However Jones’ hopes of featuring as part of the match-day squad could be scuppered by a hip injury which has laid him low this week.
Allardyce has named an unchanged line-up for the past five games in which the side have only lost once, with three draws and one win.
But the Black Cats’ boss hinted that he could make some changes for the game against Chelsea which might see the likes of Duncan Watmore, Seb Larsson and Jack Rodwell pushing for a start.
He told his pre-match press conference: “Yes, IÂ’m tempted [to make changes] although the player who comes in will have a greater pressure and responsibility to perform than the one he replaces.
“But the other side of it is tactically.
“I might look at Chelsea and think I’ll pick this player because he’s better suited to facing Chelsea than the one whose been in for the last three or four games.
“I’ll obviously make that decision when the timeÂ’s right and hopefully get the team functioning to their best.”