Premier League team news: Aston Villa v Everton

Christian Benteke shoudl be fit to start on Saturday. Photo: PA

Christian Benteke could return to Aston Villa's starting line-up against Everton on Saturday following his recent hip injury.

The Belgian striker returned to action as a substitute in last week's 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by Tottenham and is likely to start against the Toffees at Villa Park.

Defender Ciaran Clark is available after missing the Spurs match due to illness, leaving long-term absentees Jores Okore (knee), Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) and Gary Gardner (back) as Paul Lambert's only casualties.

Defender Johnny Heitinga is a doubt for the trip to Villa Park.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez revealed the Holland international suffered tissue damage in training and has rated his chances of being involved at Villa Park at 50/50.

Steven Pienaar will be pushing for a start after recovering from a hamstring problem to score from the bench against Hull, but Antolin Alcaraz (hernia) and Darron Gibson (knee) remain sidelined.

Provisional squads

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

Everton: Howard, Robles, Coleman, Stones, Distin, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Oviedo, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Barkley, Mirallas, Deulofeu, Lukaku, Jelavic, Kone.