Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce hopes that John Terry will be able to return to action in early January.
The 37-year-old former Chelsea stalwart has not played since the 2-1 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday in early November but has been training this week.
Meanwhile, Andre Green is back in full training although he is not expected to feature against free-falling Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Blades have only taken one point from their last five games and are 5/4 to lose at Villa Park.
Keinan Davis is available after missing last weekend's defeat to Derby County when he was ill, but Josh Onomah and Henri Lansbury look set to sit out Saturday's game because of foot and hamstring injuries respectively.
Bruce said: "Andre Green has trained all week. It's too early for him yet though but the signs are excellent with him.
"John Terry was kicking a ball and running around the training ground like a five-year-old on Tuesday. It's fair to say he was a little bit sore on Wednesday, which is normal. He's on track. We expect him to be a couple of weeks.
"Josh Onomah has a cut on the top of his foot and we have to box a bit clever with him while Keinan has trained all week after his illness in the last match. We expect him to be there or thereabouts."
Villa are 11/10 to be promoted from the Championship this season while Sheffield United are 2500/1 to clinch back-to-back promotions after playing League One football last term.
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