Starting XI: Diamond starts, Flanagan captain

Jack Diamond starts for Sunderland tonight as Lincoln City visit the Stadium of Light, with Tom Flanagan captaining the side.

Anthony Patterson once again begins the goal with Thorben Hoffmann and Lee Burge absent with Covid-19.

Leon Dajaku, Cieran Dunne and Benji Kimpioka are also among those missing with the virus, with Bailey Wright still not fit, as Diamond comes in to replace the injured Corry Evans in Lee Johnson's line-up.

Denver Hume, Josh Hawkes and Arbenit Xhemajli are named on the bench, alongside the returning Aiden O'Brien.

SUNDERLAND AFC: Patterson; Winchester, Flanagan (c), Doyle, Cirkin; Gooch, Neil, Embleton, Pritchard, Diamond; Stewart.

Subs: Carney, O'Brien, Taylor, Xhemajli, Younger, Hawkes, D. Hume.

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