Goalkeeper Jack Butland could make his first Premier League start though Thomas Sorensen is back in training. Robert Huth (knee) also trained with the first team this week but may not be ready, and Andy Wilkinson (heel) remains sidelined. Striker Daniel Sturridge is set to return to the Liverpool squad after seven weeks on the sidelines. Daniel Agger has been ruled out for three to four weeks with a calf strain, but Mamadou Sakho is back after a hamstring injury.
Aston Villa will assess the condition of defenders Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker. Gabriel Agbonlahor and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are fit despite having had niggles. Arsenal expect to have forward Olivier Giroud back from an ankle problem and illness. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, fit again following his own serious knee injury, could be back in the squad.