The league leaders travel to Everton on Tuesday evening with club captain and star centre-back Vincent Kompany available again after completing his four-match suspension.
However, striker Mario Balotelli serves the second part of his own four-game ban for violent conduct.
Fulham may be without influential attacker Moussa Dembelenext week after the Belgian withdrew from this weekend's FA Cup clash with Everton because of a hip injury which also ruled him out of last weekend's win over Newcastle.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed striker Nicklas Bendtner's facial injuries are worse than was first thought.
The Denmark international suffered a broken nose when he was caught in the face by Swansea defender Angel Rangel's boot during Saturday's 2-0 win over the Welsh side.