Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic has recovered from the illness that caused him to miss the victory at Bournemouth.
Ryan Shawcross remains unavailable because of a back problem, while Marc Muniesa and Phil Bardsley are nursing minor injuries and will be assessed.
Aston Villa forward Rudy Gestede is fit after a four-match absence with a hamstring injury.
Gabby Agbonlahor has recovered from the dizzy spell that forced him off during the 6-0 defeat by Liverpool.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Alan Green: “Those Villa fans infused with eternal optimism will point to Leicester City’s similar predicament last season when the current LEADERS of the Premier League had only 19 points from 29 games: Villa have 16 from 26. So, if Leicester can do it…
“Sadly, I think they’re dreaming. That appalling 6-0 home defeat by Liverpool may turn out to be the lowest point so far for Remi Garde’s side but all reason says that relegation will follow.
“And though Stoke have had a sticky patch of their own, only seven points from the last seven games, I’m convinced the upward trend under Mark Hughes will resume and they’ll end up comfortably in the top 10. I expect a home win.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde: “I don’t see the commitment from all the players every day in training sessions.
“If I had the choice of other players I would like to select, I would like to – but I don’t have the possibility.
“Sometimes it’s about fighting and commitment. It’s the first thing professional players should have on the pitch.”
I find Stoke a very difficult team to predict, unless they are playing Aston Villa – you have got to predict everybody to beat them.