Blackpool's Boxing Day postponement at home to Liverpool means captain Charlie Adam will now have to sit out tomorrow's trip to Sunderland.
Adam picked up his fifth booking of the season on December 11 at Stoke and has twice been denied the chance to serve his one-match suspension as first Tottenham on December 18 was called off and then yesterday was postponed.
Matt Gilks, Chris Basham, Billy Clarke (all knee), Marlon Harewood (hamstring) and Louis Almond (shoulder) remain sidelined by injury.
Provisional squad: Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Crainey, Evatt, Vaughan, Varney, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Grandin, Phillips, Edwards, Carney, Euell, Sylvestre, Keinan, Southern, Ormerod, Halstead, Baptiste.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce could welcome back four key players for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Blackpool.
Skipper Lee Cattermole returns after sitting out yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United through suspension, while loan signing Danny Welbeck is also available having been ineligible to play against his parent club.
Kieran Richardson may return after missing out through illness at Old Trafford, while central defender Titus Bramble could be added to a squad which included youngsters Blair Adams, Adam Reed and Jordan Cook
on Boxing Day following his return to training from a knee injury.
However, John Mensah (ankle), Michael Turner and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
Provisional squad: Gordon, Mignolet, Onuoha, Bardsley, Richardson, Angeleri, Ferdinand, Bramble, Da Silva, Cattermole, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Welbeck, Zenden, Bent, Gyan, Meyler, Adams, Cook, Reed.