The midfielder, who was heavily linked with a deadline day move to Stoke, has missed the last two games with a calf problem, but is fit and available once again.
Manager Gus Poyet is hoping two weeks' rest will help solve striker Steven Fletcher's Achilles injury without the need for an operation, while defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) continues to work towards match fitness and keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder surgery) is still out.
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