The 28-year-old is given his first league appearance since August as Jordan Pickford faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Elsewhere, on-loan Adnan Januzaj - who could not be fielded against parent club Manchester United last time out - and John O'Shea return to the starting lineup at the expense of Didier Ndong and Jason Denayer.
Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Marney, Defour, Boyd; Barnes, Gray
Subs: Bamford, Robinson, Gudmundsson, Tarkowski, Darikwa, O'Neill, Vokes
Sunderland: Mannone; O'Shea, Kone, Djilobodji, Jones, Van Aanholt; Januzaj, Larsson, Borini; Defoe, Anichebe
Subs: Rodwell, Khazri, Mika, Ndong, Pienaar, Manquillo, Love