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Gardner: Back in the mix

Gardner: Back in the mix

A buoyant Sunderland host West Brom at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon hoping to bring the high-flying Baggies crashing down to earth.

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The 15th-placed Black Cats recorded their first away victory of the Premier League season as they beat ten-man Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage last time out.

However, it's the form of Steve Clarke's men which has everyone talking after their 2-1 win over Chelsea at the Hawthorns took them up to fourth spot on the table.

In team news, Craig Gardner is available again after serving a one-match suspension.

Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill has revealed that several players are battling against knocks, but declined to name them.

However, Lee Cattermole (knee) and full-back Phil Bardsley (hamstring) returned to action against the Cottagers on Sunday, while keeper Keiren Westwood (thigh) was able to take a seat on the bench.

For Albion, Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku should return after injury and ineligibility respectively ruled out the duo last weekend.

Youssouf Mulumbu, however, is sidelined with a tight hamstring suffered against the Blues, while goalkeeper Ben Foster is still absent due to an ongoing groin problem.

Posted: 23/11/12 12:38

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