There is uncertainty regarding the 27-year-old's future at the Liberty Stadium, with some reports linking him with a move to tonight's opponents.
Itay Shechter has been selected to partner Michu in attack, while Dwight Tiendalli and Nathan Dyer also come into the side that drew 0-0 with Chelsea.
Wayne Routledge, Angel Rangel and Ki Sung-Yueng all drop to the bench.
Meanwhile, Martin O'Neill keeps faith with the team that beat Wigan Athletic 3-2.
Sunderland: Mignolet; Colback, O'Shea, Bramble; Gardner, N'Diaye, Larsson, Vaughan, Johnson; Sessegnon, Fletcher
Swansea: Tremmel; Tiendalli, Williams, Chico, Davies; Britton, De Guzman, Hernandez, Dyer; Michu, Shechter