The influential Scotland midfielder has been ruled out for around three months with a fractured left ankle sustained in Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to Southampton.
Norwich have no new injuries problems ahead of the trip to the midlands.
Leading goal scorer Teemu Pukki remains fit and in contention to start despite suffering a bruised toe against Leicester on December 14.
Josip Drmic (hamstring) is back in light training but not ready to return yet, while Ben Godfrey and Timm Klose, who both have knee injuries, are long-term absentees.
Aston Villa provisional squad: Heaton, Nyland, Guilbert, Engels, Chester, Taylor, Elmohamady, Luiz, Hause, Konsa, Nakamba, Targett, Hourihane, Lansbury, Grealish, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Wesley, Kodjia.
Norwich provisional squad: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Byram, Hernandez, Cantwell, Trybull, Tettey, McLean, Pukki, Fahrmann, Lewis, Vrancic, Buendia, Stiepermann, Amadou, Srbeny.