Ron Vlaar has underlined his determination to play a part in Villa's hectic Christmas programme.
Vlaar has been out of action since injuring his calf in the 3-2 victory at Southampton earlier this month.
The Villa skipper has been absent for the last two games against Fulham and Manchester United after being withdrawn at half-time at St Mary's.
Manager Paul Lambert said on Monday it is a case of "wait and see" as to whether the Dutchman will be ready in time to face Stoke on Saturday.
But Vlaar is working hard to get back as soon as possible and play a part in a packed schedule that will see Villa play five games in 15 days.
"At the moment I am attempting to overcome a calf injury," he said.
"It's annoying to be receiving treatment, rather than training with the rest of the team.
"Like any other player I do everything possible to remain at peak fitness, but I felt my calf during the first half at Southampton and it really stiffened up at half-time so there was no point continuing.
"Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back because I remember how infuriating it was to be out of action last winter."
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