Pavel Pogrebnyak will be available for Reading having overcome a calf complaint. The Russia international missed Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth but has been given the green light to feature at Wembley, where Jem Karacan will captain the side should he start a third straight game after long-term injury. Nathan Ake and Kwesi Appiah, on loan from Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively, are cup-tied for the semi-final, but fellow loanees Nathaniel Chalobah and Jamie Mackie are available.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could return from an ankle problem. Wojciech Szczesny is set to be back in goal, while the likes of England duo Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are also pressing for a start. France defender Mathieu Debuchy may also be included in the squad again, having been out since January after needing shoulder surgery. However, captain Mikel Arteta (ankle) and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) are still not match fit.