Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hopes his side will be bolstered by the return of several key absentees to his squad following the FA Cup break.The lay-off has allowed players such as Nedum Onuoha and Michael Turner to make tentative returns to training. [LNB]"All of a sudden I can throw six or seven into the mix who are big players," Bruce told BBC Newcastle. [LNB]"It gives the rest of the squad a lift instead of being down to the bare bones which we have been for two months." [LNB]Bruce added: "I've had 13 or 14 to choose from rather than 23, which is big numbers." [LNB]Also among those looking for a return to training are Boudewijn Zenden and Lee Cattermole, as well as Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell.