Carlos Tevez has returned to training following his suspension after the events of Munich but further disciplinary action awaits the striker and he will not be considered for the game at the Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero, who has scored eight goals in seven games following his summer move from Atletico Madrid, is suffering from a groin injury sustained against Blackburn and he is likely to miss out against Villa.
Mario Balotelli is also a doubt due to a back strain but he has a much better chance of partnering Edin Dzeko, who scored for Bosnia against France on Tuesday night.
Ahead of Saturday's early kick-off between Liverpool and Manchester United, Kenny Dalglish's side have been deprived of defender Daniel Agger due to a rib problem, while rivals United have Nemanja Vidic available again after he represented Serbia in the international break.
Chelsea are without striker Fernando Torres for their home game against Everton as he serves the second game of a three-match ban.
- Aston Villa
- Carlos Tevez
- Atletico Madrid
- Mario Balotelli
- Manchester City