Neil said: "Wes was one where if I had played him against Tottenham, he wouldn't have made the next one. The next game suits him.
"Gary O'Neil was a different situation, he couldn't make the (Spurs) game as he wasn't quite ready. We had to give him an extra day's rest."
Norwich currently sit 17th on the Premier League table while Villa are languishing at the bottom following their 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Boxing Day.