Preview: Aston Villa vs. Hull City

Aston Villa striker John Carew is poised to return for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Hull City at Villa Park.

The Norwegian international missed the Carling Cup quarter-final victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park in midweek with a hamstring strain.

Carew must wait to see whether he regains his starting spot after a resurgent Emile Heskey has netted twice in the past three games.

Central defender James Collins is again ruled out with a calf problem and Carlos Cuellar will again partner Richard Dunne at the heart of the back four.

Hull are again without midfielder Seyi Olofinjana as they travel to tackle Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Nigeria international has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury but should return to training next week.

Winger or full-back Bernard Mendy could be doubtful after suffering a knock in a midweek reserve outing.

Craig Fagan (rib) is back in contention but third-choice goalkeeper Tony Warner is unavailable due to his wife giving birth.

Villa (from): Friedel, Guzan, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Milner, Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Delph, Gardner, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Carew, Delfouneso, Beye, Clark.

Hull (from): Duke, McShane, Zayatte, Gardner, Dawson, Garcia, Bullard, Marney, Hunt, Geovanni, Altidore, Mouyokolo, Mendy, Boateng, Barmby, Ghilas, Kilbane, Fagan, Cairney, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Sonko, Myhill.