Football - Alonso may figure for Black Cats

Loan signing Marcos Alonso could be handed a Sunderland debut in Sunday's FA Cup third round tie against Carlisle.

The full-back, who joined the club from Fiorentina for the rest of the season earlier this week, is in line to be involved as manager Gus Poyet looks for a response to Wednesday's dismal 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light.

Central defender Wes Brown is available after serving a three-match ban and partner John O'Shea could return after sitting out the same three fixtures with a shoulder problem but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has had to delay shoulder surgery which could rule him out of much of the remainder of the campaign because of illness.