Villa wait on Agbonlahor and Delph

Gabriel Agbonlahor. Photo: PA

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful a number of his key players will return for Saturday's Premier League match at home to Manchester City.

Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph, Andreas Weimann, Ciaran Clark and Antonio Luna should all be available again after recent knocks and niggles.

Lambert remains without Christian Benteke (hip) and Ashley Westwood (thigh), whilst Jores Okore (knee), Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) and Gary Gardner (back) are long-term casualties.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Steer, Baker, Bennett, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Herd, Sylla, Tonev, Bannan, Kozak, Helenius, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Bowery.