Striker Emile Heskey is to make his comeback for Aston Villa in Saturday's home derby clash against West Brom, while Ashley Young returns after suspension.
Young was forced to sit out the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool on Monday as he served a one-game ban for picking up five yellow cards this season, but is available again for the Villa Park showdown against the Baggies.
Heskey, who had scored three goals in six games for Villa, has not played for more than a month following knee surgery although boss Gerard Houllier says he will definitely feature at the weekend.
He said: ''Emile will definitely be involved on Saturday. It's down to other people to analyse the minutes we've played with Emile, the goals he's scored and made. But you would see the difference, he works hard for the team and we've missed him.''
The Baggies game will come too soon for midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, despite his return to training from knee problems, while skipper Stiliyan Petrov is a fortnight off a return to light training following his Achilles injury.
Houllier added on ESPN: "Petrov is ahead of schedule and in two weeks he should be back in training. Reo-Coker had his first full training session with us yesterday. I'd be surprised if he is in contention (for Saturday)."