Thome and Schwarz back in action
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former record buy at Stadium of Light has had four operations on a knee injury that has threatened to end his career.
After nine months on the sidelines, his return is a timely one with Howard Wilkinson and Steve Cotterill replacing Peter Reid at the helm of the Wearside club last week.
Both Thome and Wilkinson were formerly with the second-string opponents, Wednesday.
Stefan Schwarz is also looking to emerge from the shadows and compete for a first team spot.
The Swede was frozen out by Reid, but has been handed an opportunity in the Hillsborough match.
John Oster is fit again after a knee problem, and is also included in a team that is sure to be scrutinised by the new management duo.