Fabian Delph is suspended for the Premier League match against Crystal Palace after Aston Villa failed in their appeal to get his red card against Sunderland overturned.
Kieran Richardson and Gabby Agbonlahor are back following bans and Joe Cole could return after shaking off a hamstring injury.
Tom Cleverley (foot) and Ciaran Clark (back) will be assessed but Nathan Baker and Ashley Westwood (both knee) remain sidelined alongside Libor Kozak (leg).
Crystal Palace must do without influential captain Mile Jedinak.
The Eagles’ midfield lynchpin has already joined up with Australia for their pre-training camp ahead of the Socceroos hosting the Asian Cup.
Marouane Chamakh remains a doubt for the Villa Park trip with continued thigh trouble as Palace continue to move past Neil Warnock’s December 27 sacking.