Johnson was charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 this week, but remains available to the first team.
Manager Dick Advocaat said that he would only select Johnson if he is mentally fit to play, but the winger has not been included.
Stoke welcome Peter Odemwingie back for the first time since he injured his knee in August, and he starts on the bench.
Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, N'Zonzi, Adam, Walters, Ireland, Arnautovic, Diouf
Sunderland: Pantilimon, O'Shea, Coates, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole, Rodwell, Gomez, Wickham, Buckley, Defoe
Subs: Bridcutt, Reveillere, Mannone, Vergini, Graham, Honeyman, Agnew
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