New loan signing Kortney Hause could be in line to make his Aston Villa debut when they face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
The defender, who has joined the Championship outfit on loan for the rest of the season from Wolverhampton Wanderers, is available for selection and has travelled with the rest of the squad according to the club’s official website.
Villa boss Dean Smith will be without midfielder Henri Lansbury though because of a hamstring problem, despite appearing as a second-half substitute in the FA Cup third round defeat to Swansea City last Saturday.
Jack Grealish is making good progress on his return from injury but is not yet available for selection while defender Axel Tuanzebe will remain sidelined for the rest of the month.
Villa have not won since the Boxing Day victory over Swansea but the Swans got their revenge by dumping the Villans out of the cup.
Smith’s side drew their last two league fixtures with Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers as it took a late strike from Tammy Abraham to rescue a point at the latter.
Villa will be buoyed by the fact that the on-loan Chelsea striker has turn down the chance to join Premier League outfit Wolves in order to stay at Villa Park.
The Villans have a good record at the DW Stadium and have not lost in their last eight visits to the north west.
Wigan have not tasted victory in any competition since beating Blackburn Rovers on November 28 and find themselves four points above the relegation places.
After the trip to the DW Stadium, Villa host an in-form Hull City on January 19 before ending the month with the visit of the bottom of the table Ipswich Town.