Rémi Garde could be without Alan Hutton and Carlos Sanchez for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round meeting with Man City - but was more upbeat on the fitness of Gabby Agbonlahor.
Right-back Hutton looks set to miss out after failing to recover from a hamstring problem sustained in the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland four weeks ago.
Sanchez, who also missed last Saturday's derby draw at West Brom, is still struggling with a hamstring problem that saw him limp off in Villa's third round replay win over Wycombe.
Long-serving striker Agbonlahor has struggled for fitness since Garde's arrival in November but trained with the group this week.
He will be assessed ahead of the game.
Long term absentees Jordan Amavi and Adama Traore are ruled out.
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