Prmeier League team news: Villa v Liverpool

Ciaran Clark will be looking to start. Photo: PA

Aston Villa should have defender Ciaran Clark available for Saturday's Premier League home clash with Liverpool.

Clark was forced off in the first half of the 2-1 loss at Chelsea on Wednesday with a head injury but is expected to be fit for the Reds' visit to Villa Park, while midfielder Chris Herd could be in contention for a first appearance this term following his calf problem.

Defender Nathan Baker (ankle) remains a doubt and winger Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) definitely misses out.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez remains the only notable absentee ahead of the Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

The controversial forward is now halfway through the 10-match ban he received last season after sitting out the Reds' season opener against Stoke.

Fellow Uruguayan Sebastian Coates, a defender, is likely to miss most of the season with a knee injury sustained on international duty last week. Striker Luis Alberto was an unused substitute in that game and still to make his debut, while new signing Aly Cissokho could also be in contention.

Provisional squads

Aston Villa: Guzan, Steer, Baker, Bennett, Vlaar, Okore, Clark, Luna, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Herd, Sylla, Gardner, Tonev, Helenius, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Agger, Toure, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Sturridge, Coutinho, Jones, Kelly, Skrtel, Wisdom, Cissokho, Alberto, Henderson, Ibe, Aspas, Borini.