However, the Black Cats will face a different Rovers side this evening.
Steve Kean's side have transformed themselves from looking like relegation certainties into a team that look capable of securing their Premier League status for another season.
Stephane Sessegnon will also be absent for the trip to Ewood Park as he serves the final match of his three-match suspension.
Victory for Rovers will take them six points clear of the relegation zone.
Blackburn: Robinson; Martin Olsson, Hanley, Dann, Pedersen; Marcus Olsson, Lowe, N'Zonzi; Formica, Yakubu, Hoilett
Sunderland: Mignolet; O'Shea, Kyrgiakos, Turner, Bridge; Larsson, Gardner, Colback, McClean; Campbell, Bendtner
Sports Mole says: 2-1