Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is rated at about 80 per cent fit but appears to have shown enough to warrant inclusion against Stoke at Anfield tomorrow.
Centre-backs Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel (both knee injuries) are expected to be available, although the latter is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.
Summer signings Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure are set for competitive debuts while fellow new arrivals Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto are also in the squad but striker Luis Suarez is suspended for a further six matches.
Midfielder Brek Shea misses Stoke's season-opening trip to Liverpool with the knee injury suffered in a friendly in the United States last month.
Another midfielder, Jamie Ness, is also ruled out of Mark Hughes' first competitive game at the helm after his involvement in pre-season was curtailed by injury.
Summer signings Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa, both defenders, are in contention for debuts while Asmir Begovic looks set to remain first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Thomas Sorensen and Jack Butland.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Agger, Toure, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Sturridge, Coutinho, Jones, Kelly, Skrtel, Wisdom, Coates, Alberto, Henderson, Ibe, Aspas, Borini.
Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Butland, Pieters, Huth, Muniesa, Wilson, Shawcross, Cameron, Wilkinson, Shotton, Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Edu, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Walters, Crouch, Jerome.