Sunderland await late fitness tests on Phil Bardsley, Danny Rose and Steven Fletcher ahead of Southampton encounter

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Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will await the results of late fitness tests on a trio of key players before naming his team for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton.

Full-backs Phil Bardsley (knee), Danny Rose (ankle) and striker Steven Fletcher (back) have returned to light training, but are yet to prove they are ready to play at the St Mary's Stadium.

Skipper Lee Cattermole remains on the long-term casualty list with a knee ligament injury, and David Meyler is set to be recalled from his loan spell at npower Championship Hull after tonight's game at Derby to add to the cover.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Kilgallon, O'Shea, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Fletcher.