Sunderland vs Ipswich Town team news as Lee Johnson makes three changes
Lee Johnson made three changes to the side that started Sunderland's last league game, the defeat at Sheffield Wednesday two-and-a-half weeks ago.
With Cirkin absent, Luke O'Nien moved to left-back to fill the gap.
Aiden McGeady recovered from injury to take a place on the bench, and young goalkeeper Anthony Patterson was also included amongst the subs after being recalled from his loan spell at Notts County this week following an injury to Lee Burge.
Ipswich boss Paul Cook made one change to his side's last league line-up, which ground out a goalless draw against Oxford United last weekend.
Sone Aluko replaced Wes Burns in the starting XI.
Former Sunderland manager Peter Reid was also back at the Stadium of Light, having recently taken up a consultancy role with the Tractor Boys.
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Sunderland: Hoffmann, Winchester, Wright, Doyle, O'Nien, Evans, Neil, Embleton, Broadhead, Gooch, Stewart
Subs: Patterson, Flanagan, Alves, Dajaku, O'Brien, Pritchard, McGeady
Ipswich: Walton, Donacien, Nsiala, Edmundson, Clements, Morsy, Evans, Aluko, Celina, Edwards, Bonne
Subs: Hladky, Burgess, Vincent-Young, El Mizouni, Chaplin, Fraser, Pigott