Premier League team news: Norwich v Villa

John Ruddy has been out of action for a while. Photo: PA

Goalkeeper John Ruddy is in contention to make his return for Norwich after five months out with a thigh injury in Saturday's Barclays Premier League game against Aston Villa.

Defender Sebastien Bassong has shaken off an ankle problem, but fellow centre-half Michael Turner (groin) is still sidelined.

Forward Kei Kamara plays the last match of his loan spell from Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City, and will return to the United States unless a permanent transfer is agreed.

Aston Villa could be without defender Ciaran Clark and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi again when they face Norwich.

The pair missed Monday's 6-1 win over Sunderland, with Clark struggling with a foot injury and El Ahmadi a groin strain, and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Carrow Road.

Villa manager Paul Lambert has no other new headaches ahead of his return to his old club, with Richard Dunne, Marc Albrighton, Gary Gardner and Chris Herd all long-term absentees.

Provisional squads

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, R Bennett, Martin, Pilkington, Tettey, Johnson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Holt, Bunn, Kamara, Howson, Becchio, Garrido, Barnett, E Bennett, Jackson.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Baker, Bennett, Sylla, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Westwood, Dawkins, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann.