Aston Villa's record signing, Darren Bent, is cup-tied for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round clash with Blackburn at Villa Park.
Bent, signed from Sunderland for £18million, played and scored for the Black Cats when beaten by Notts County in the previous round.
With John Carew having joined Stoke on loan, Emile Heskey is set to return to the starting line-up.
Ciaran Clark (hamstring), Fabian Delph (knee) and Kyle Walker (back) are all available again.
But Luke Young and Stephen Ireland are both still sidelined with knee injuries.