The England international, along with key defender James Collins, missed Villa's 5-1 demolition in their last Premier League outing but could return to bolster Martin O'Neill's squad for the clash with the clarets.
"James Collins is going strongly and Emile, at this minute, has got a good chance," O'Neill said.
"I think that the medical side at the club are particularly pleased with their progress. I think they are on course."
Villa currently lie in fifth place on the table with 21 points from 12 outings but need to improve their away form if they are any chance to push their way into the top four.