Aston Villa hope to have record signing Darren Bent available after a three-game absence with a thigh problem for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Bent will be included in the squad if he comes through today’s training session unscathed but fellow striker Emile Heskey is ruled out with an Achilles problem.
Right-back Alan Hutton returns after serving a one-game ban for his sending off against Arsenal but faces a fight for his spot after Carlos Cuellar’s recent impressive form.
Provisional squad: Guzan, Hutton, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Warnock, Herd, Delph, Bannan, Petrov, Ireland, Albrighton, Bent, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Marshall, Johnson, Gardner.
Ramires returns from suspension for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League game against Aston Villa tomorrow.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas must decide whether to recall the Brazilian following his one-match ban or stick with his midfield of Frank Lampard, Raul Meireles and Oriol Romeu.
Defenders John Terry and Jose Bosingwa have shaken off knocks picked up in the Boxing Day draw against Fulham but Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel (both hamstring) remain out for tomorrow’s game and Monday’s trip to Wolves, along with Michael Essien (knee).
Provisional squad: Cech, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Terry, Luiz, Cole, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, McEachran, Mata, Malouda, Meireles, Torres, Drogba, Kalou, Sturridge, Lukaku, Turnbull.