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Stoke City fullback Erik Pieters suffered a calf injury against Arsenal at the weekend and had to be withdrawn after the hour mark.