Darren Bent, Charles N'Zogbia and Nathan Baker are all back from injury for this afternoon's FA Cup clash against Ipswich.
Bent leads the line against his former club after recovering from a hamstring problem.
He starts alongside Jordan Bowery, who has been handed his first Villa start.
There is also a start for goalkeeper Shay Given in place of Brad Guzan.
Gabby Agbonlahor [thigh] is back from injury too and takes his place on the bench.
Ipswich have also made a host of changes with former midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker featuring in their line-up.
VILLA: Given, Clark, Bennett, Baker, Lichaj, Bannan, Delph, Albrighton, N'Zogbia, Bent, Bowery. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann, Stevens, Carruthers.
IPSWICH: Loach, Hewitt, Cresswell, Kisnorbo, Emmanuel-Thomas, Chopra, Martin, Hyam, Smith (c), Reo-Coker, Murphy. Subs: Chambers, Edwards, Lee-Barrett, McGoldrick, N'Daw, Mclean, Whight.