The Crystal Palace talisman has been ruled out for a minimum six weeks.
The 33-year-old wouldn't get the pulses racing, but he could offer a presence up top for Aston Villa.
The latest instalment of the Severnside derby takes place on Friday evening, and it is being broadcast live.
Twitter is almost invented for moments like this. When Marouane Chamakh rocked up in Wales, his rather close shave started a social media storm.
Who would have thought that Marouane Chamakh could be playing Champions League football this season? Certainly not Neil Warnock and Cardiff.
The striker was a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace in the summer.
Italian outfit Palermo have joined the race to sign free agent Marouane Chamakh.
West Brom are reportedly set to offer short-term deals to Marouane Chamakh and Momo Sissoko.
The 32-year-old has worked with Pulis previously in the Premier League.
The pair have both been trying to earn a contract at West Brom.