Sunderland are likely to make some changes for Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash at Southampton, according to manager David Moyes.
The Black Cats travel to St Mary’s searching for a place in the fifth round, with Moyes’ side overcoming Shrewsbury Town and Queens Park Rangersin the earlier rounds.
Saints, meanwhile, beat Crystal Palace in their only game in the competition after being granted a bye in the second round due to their involvement in this season’s UEFA Europa League.
Addressing the press ahead of the game, Moyes admitted changes are likely as he seeks to keep his senior players fresh ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match-up with Arsenal.
“We’ve not got an awful lot of fit players as you know, but if I can I’d like not to play some of my senior boys because of the games we’ve got coming up.
“Jermain is slightly different – we have quite a young team but we’ve a few who are a wee bit older – but they will all be involved in some way because of the numbers we have in the squad."
He added: “You could [see Mika play].”