Arsenal take on Hull City in the FA Cup final showdown set to take place at The Wembley stadium next weekend.
Victory for the Gunners would see Arsene Wenger and his men lift up their first trophy in nearly a decade. Something which the fans have been clamouring for all along
The clash at Wembley was all set to be without Hull City midfielder David Meyler. The player had escaped punishment from the referee in their last game after stamping his studs on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj, but was awaiting further decision from the FA after United had filed a complaint against the player.
It looked as though Arsenal had been given an edge over Hull City, potentially being without yet another player after it was thought that the midfielder would be handed punishment by the FA that will see him miss the final showdown.
But recent reports have revealed the outcome of the decision by the FA and Meyler has been cleared to play in next weekend’s final against Arsenal at Wembley should the manager decide to use him.
United interim boss Ryan Giggs hit out at Meyler for sinking his studs into Januzaj’s outstretched leg in the latter stages of United’s 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The FA were unable to take the matter further after referee Craig Pawson yesterday said that he had seen the incident.
Other Hull City players thought to be either out/doubt due to injury were long-term absentees Allan McGregor and Paul McShane. But in recent reports according to Hull Daily Mail, suggests that both players are set for a return to action for the FA Cup final next week.
The reports claims Hull City pair McGregor and McShane are on course to hand manager Steve Bruce a timely boost ahead of the FA Cup final by making dramatic returns from injury this weekend.
Neither player were pushed for their trip to Manchester United over the week, but have been pencilled in to make comebacks against Everton in the final game of the Premier League season on Sunday.
That would give both players the chance to stake a claim for a place against Arsenal at Wembley six days later and Bruce is optimistic both McGregor and McShane will be in his plans.
However the Tigers will be without centre-half James Chester who was replaced just before half-time in their 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa with a similar hamstring problem which ruled him out for an 11-week period between September and December.
Chester underwent scans on his latest hamstring strain yesterday and though a definitive answer has not yet been forthcoming, there appears to be little hope of a swift return.
Also unlikely to return for the Tigers is Sone Aluko. Aluko did not feature against Manchester United and is also out for the tie against Everton following his twisted ankle but is rated as an outside chance to be back in time for the FA Cup final.