... after revealing that Steven Fletcher and Jack Colback have recovered from viruses and have returned to training.
Gus Poyet: “We are getting to a point where it is time? No?
“We are confident after beating Chelsea in the cup and drawing with West Ham in the league in the last week.
“We are fit after playing extra time and now we have Jack Colback and Steven Fletcher back - so we have no excuses.
“Both of them have trained and are back.
“We are in good condition and good shape going into the game, so it’s up to us.
“I need us to control the Norwich game as we did against West Ham and be strong mentally and physically like we were at Chelsea.
“Any team coming to the Stadium of Light knows that the home team play well and if the home team scores it becomes very difficult because the fans are so amazing in getting behind their team.
“I’m sure the Norwich game will be about who controls it and we have to control it in the boxes - that’s where we need to be at our strongest.”