LONDON COLNEY (England): Arsenal will take on Sheffield United in todays FA Cup semi-final without injured French winger Robert Pires, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
Pires, who missed last weeks 1-1 draw at Aston Villa with an ankle injury, should be the only absentee for the holders when they take on their First Division opponents at Old Trafford.
Robert will not play on Sunday, Wenger told reporters at the teams training ground.
Pires is also a doubt for next Wednesdays much-awaited league clash at Highbury with Manchester United, who are level on 67 points with Wengers leaders and trail only on goal difference.
He has a chance, Wenger said of his fellow Frenchman. It depends how he comes through tomorrow and Sunday in training.
Goalkeeper David Seaman, set for the 1,000th game of his career, and defender Martin Keown, who both missed the Villa game with hamstring injuries, along with Dutch utility player Giovanni van Bronckhorst (ankle), are fit.
There should be a start for England leftback Ashley Cole, a late substitute against Villa in his first appearance since February following a hernia operation. Reuters