The Arsenal midfielder is battling his way back from his latest long term injury.
Rangers have a chance to qualify for next season's Europa League.
The Birmingham City manager says he cannot take any satisfaction from the plight of his club's rivals.
The Tottenham Hotspur centre-back has praised his young teammates.
The defender and born-and-raised Celtic fan is aware he will have to work to keep his cool in the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final next weekend.
Despite facing the Premier League leaders, Sunderland should have given a far better account of themselves against Leicester.
Defender Nicholas Otamendi is fit, but captain Vincent Kompany will again miss out.
The Reds midfielder believes the 4-1 victory over the Potters was a perfect display of their strength in depth.
The two sides drew 3-3 at Upton Park on Sunday in a scintillating London derby.
The Whites will once again have to do without on-loan Sunderland man Liam Bridcutt for the trip to Birmingham City.