CLINT Hill could return to the squad for tomorrow's trip to the Stadium of Light.
The QPR defender missed Wednesday night's win against Liverpool with a back problem, but will travel with the rest of the team to Wearside.
But boss Mark Hughes will be without left-back Armand Traore for two weeks after the Senegal international suffered a grade one hamstring tear in the first-half at Loftus Road, so Taye Taiwo will deputise.
Heidar Helguson is still a couple of weeks away, while DJ Campbell could be fit for next weekend's clash with Arsenal.
Alejandro Faurlin is a long-term absentee.
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