Swansea loanee and former Spurs midfielder Tom Carroll is also back in contention for game-time after recovering from a concerning injury.
Having missed three months of this season with a hip complaint, fears were that this had recurred after only making a single cameo appearance in the away draw to Reading.
Carroll is reportedly approaching match fitness and could see himself in contention for the weekends visit of Derby County to Villa Park.
This is good news for a Villa midfield that has been woefully under-performing in recent weeks and is in desperate need of both competition and quality.
Carroll’s return coincides with the other positive news that Jack Grealish is available for selection after a long lay-off.
Finally, the club have confirmed that Alan Hutton’s injury sustained at Stoke is not as bad at first feared.