Erik Pieters put up solid phantom points in Stoke City's Week 35 loss at the Liberty Stadium.
Erik Pieters joins Philip Wollscheid as Stoke City defenders facing fitness tests ahead of the Potters' Week 30 match with Crystal Palace.
Erik Pieters has returned to training after nursing a groin injury back to health and will add to Mark Hughes' defensive options at Villa Park.
Stoke City were given a double whammy as they were outclassed by Arsenal in a 3-0 loss and lost fullback Erik Pieters to a groin injury in the process.
Erik Pieters scored his first goal in six years in any competition and it was enough to secure a home win for Stoke against Newcastle.
Stoke City fullback Erik Pieters suffered a calf injury against Arsenal at the weekend and had to be withdrawn after the hour mark.