In-form Burton continued their climb up the League One table with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at relegation-threatened Scunthorpe.
Burton captain Jake Buxton is expected to miss Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe with a calf injury.
Sunderland could be without Lynden Gooch when theSky Bet League One promotion chasers host Burton.
Burton made it three wins in a row as they put a big dent in Barnsley's promotion push with a 3-1 victory over Daniel Stendel's men.
Burton could be without David Templeton as they host second-placed Barnsley in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.
Burton midfielder Joe Sbarra has joined National League promotion hopefuls Solihull Moors on loan.
Nigel Clough does not feel the scale of Burton's achievement is fully appreciated as they prepare to host Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Manchester City need only a three-goal win in their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Burton to make history.
Stephen Quinn has signed a contract extension to keep him at Burton until 2020.
Chelsea goalkeeper Bradley Collins has extended his loan spell at League One Burton until the end of the season.
Nigel Clough saw shades of his dad's Nottingham Forest team as League One Burton gatecrashed the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Scunthorpe booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 success over League One rivals Burton.
Scunthorpe boss Stuart McCall still has a lengthy injury list as he prepares for Saturday's FA Cup first-round showdown with League One rivals Burton.