Kenwyne Jones misses out with a shoulder injury suffered on international duty, Marc Wilson has a hip problem whilst Stephen Ireland picked up a knock on his shin in training yesterday.
MH: In terms of injuries, Kenwyne Jones has a slight back problem which he has returned from international duty, and one or two others have a few bumps and bruises, but hopefully nothing too serious.
MH: Sunderland will be a different proposition than they were say three weeks ago. They will be buoyed by their recent results, and they will come here in confident mood. But we aren't in too bad shape ourselves, and we will be going out there on our front foot looking to get the three points that we are desperate for.
MH: I am disappointed with the news regarding Juan Agudelo. It's hugely disappointing for us, but it is also devastating for the lad too. It doesn't alter what we will be trying to do in January though, because we are still in the market for good players. We are pursuing targets and we are confident of being able to conclude one or two deals during the window.
MH: I wouldn't describe Saturday's game as a must win, because we are still early in the season. But there is no doubt about it we could do with winning the game. We haven't taken the points that we would have liked up until now, but hopefully we can address that soon, starting on Saturday.
MH: We all have a lot of belief here. We have come up against some very good sides so far and acquitted ourselves really well. Obviously, we would have liked to have taken a greater amount of points from those games, but there are positives which we have taken out of the performances.
MH: We were criticised a few weeks ago because our goalscoring column wasn't making good reading, but we have started to address that which has been pleasing. We still need to get the balance right though, because we are scoring more but because of that we are conceding more too.
MH: With regards to the last few games, I think we may well look back on them at the end of the season and see them as two decent points. Southampton are flying at the moment, and Swansea is never an easy place to go. Obviously with the position that we were in against them, we should have seen it out and picked up the three points, so it was disappointing not to have won that game.
MH: I don't think the international breaks really help anybody to be honest with you. It's difficult to get in the swing of things when there are so many breaks, but that isn't an excuse. We are all in the same boat - we just need to deal with it, and keep putting the right amount of work in on the training ground with the lads who remain behind with us."
Mark Hughes is just about to face the press, stay tuned for his pre-match thoughts...