Sunderland without Brown and O'Shea at Everton

The Advertiser Series: O'Shea and Brown miss Black Cats trip to Everton O'Shea and Brown miss Black Cats trip to Everton

JOHN O’SHEA will miss Sunderland’s game at Everton this afternoon after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.

O’Shea’s absence, alongside Wes Brown’s one-match suspension, has forced Poyet to field Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge at the heart of defence.

The pair, who have played together only once this season in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, come up against an inform Everton side spearheaded by Romelu Lukaku.

Steven Fletcher returns to the side ahead of Jozy Altidore, while Lee Cattermole will captain the Black Cats for the first time since he was stripped of the captaincy by Paolo Di Canio in the summer.

Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, Coleman, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Pienaar, Lukaku.

Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Naismith, Barkley, Stones, Alcaraz.

Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka, Diakite, Roberge, Bardsley, Larsson, Cattermole, Ki, Colback, Borini, Fletcher.

Subs: Dossena, Cabral, Johnson, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Pickford.

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