Shay Given could make his first competitive appearance for Aston Villa since January 2013 when they host Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.
The goalkeeper had lost his place to Brad Guzan but is now back in the squad with chairman Randy Lerner keen to see the manager use the higher earners on the books.
Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) are still unavailable but Joe Cole is expected make his full debut against the Sky Bet League One side. Ron Vlaar (knee) and Aly Cissokho (ankle) are not expected to be risked.
Leyton Orient will be without Kevin Lisbie, who has a shoulder injury which may require an operation.
But fellow striker Chris Dagnall is likely to be involved having recovered from an ankle problem while Shaun Batt could also be added to the squad after a calf injury.
Back-up goalkeeper Gary Woods may get another run-out having saved two penalties on his debut in the shoot-out win over Plymouth in round one.
Former Villa defender Shane Lowry is hoping for a recall against his old club having spent the last two matches on the bench.