James, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana and Edouard Mendy all trained at Cobham this week ahead of Villa’s visit to Stamford Bridge.
N’Golo Kante got 60 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton last Friday and both he and Mount are on the bench as Graham Potter starts to recover his players.
Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Armando Broja all remain out. Fofana and Sterling also need a bit more time to build fitness despite their presence in training and will be left out of the squad on Saturday.
Silva is about a fortnight away from recovering from a knee injury and Azpilicueta remains out after taking a kick to the head against Southampton last month.
Confirmed Chelsea XI: Kepa; James, Koulibaly, Cucurella; Chiwell, Enzo, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix.