Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a hamstring strain.
Adam Smith is a major doubt with a hernia problem, while Harry Arter misses out with an Achilles problem.
Long-term absentee Callum Wilson is back in training and could return before the end of the season.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Steve Wilson: “All the fight has long gone; only the final, stinking few breaths of Villa’s awful season remain. If they get a worse result against Bournemouth than Norwich get at Crystal Palace, then they will be relegated.
“Many people have played a part in Villa’s demise – and protests at the absent owner Randy Lerner are expected again on Saturday.
“This dreadful team seems to have been assembled on a blueprint last used by Dr Frankenstein – roughly grafting together dubious body parts that have long since seen better days, in the hope that they might somehow function as a whole.
“Whether Bournemouth win, lose or draw on Saturday, they’ve already taught Villa a lesson in how to play with heart and desire – qualities in evidence at Villa Park recently about as regularly as Mr Lerner.”
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Bournemouth lost their first ever Premier League game to Villa 1-0 on the opening day of the season.
Villa hosted the Cherries in the FA Cup last season – winning 2-1 in the fourth round.
Villa have lost seven consecutive games for the second time this season, equalling their worst ever run of consecutive Premier League defeats. Only once before have they suffered more consecutive defeats in the league – that was in 1963 when they lost 11 in a row.
Over their last seven games they have a goal difference of -20, having scored just two goals and conceded 22.
They have conceded 15 goals in their last four matches at Villa Park.
The Villans have made a joint-high 13 errors leading to goals in the top-flight this season (level with West Ham).
Bournemouth have lost their last two league games – on only one occasion this season have they lost more than two in a row (four between October-November).
They have conceded seven goals without reply in their last two matches.
The Cherries’ defeat by Tottenham in their last away game was their first loss in six matches away from home (W2, D3) and they have only lost two of their last 10.
They have conceded a league-high 18 goals from set pieces this season.
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