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Team News: Connor Wickham returns for Sunderland

Team News: Wickham returns for Sunderland
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Connor Wickham returns ahead of schedule to start for Sunderland against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

Connor Wickham has been selected for Martin O'Neill's first match as manager of Sunderland

The striker was not expected to return until after Christmas, but he replaces the injured Nicklas Bendtner in the starting lineup.

Visiting Blackburn Rovers have David Dunn available after suspension, while Yakubu will play as a lone forward.

Sunderland: Westwood; Bardsley, Brown, Bramble, O'Shea; Larsson, Vaughan, Colback, Richardson; Sessegnon; Wickham.

Blackburn: Robinson; Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet; Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pederson; Vuckevic; Yakubu.

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