Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature against Leicester despite Wembley injury, says Arsene Wenger

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature against Leicester despite Wembley injury, says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has reassured Arsenal supporters that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did not sustain a serious injury in the club’s FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City, adding that the midfielder could feature in the midweek match against Premier League champions Leicester City.

The England midfielder suffered a foot injury during the FA Cup semi-final win over City and left Wembley on crutches, but Wenger confirmed that was just a precaution.

“It was precautionary and not a serious injury,” said Wenger. “We will test him today. It was a foot injury.”

Turning his attention to the rest of his squad, Wenger added: “We have medical checks today to see who is available. Nobody picked up any injuries in the game.”

David Ospina (back), Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez (both thigh) are still missing along with Santi Cazorla (Achilles), who will not play again this season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was awarded the Man of the Match award for his dynamic performance at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, although after the match the England international conceded he was still learning the nuances of playing in Wenger’s newly adopted 3-4-3 formation.

“It’s obviously an interesting positon for me, it’s new,” Oxlade-Chamberlain commented on his new midfield position.

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“I have to focus on the defensive side of things and I’m not used to being a right-back.”

Wes Morgan will meanwhile miss Leicester's trip to Arsenal on Wednesday with a hamstring injury while Nampalys Mendy's season is over following an ankle operation.

Skipper Morgan came off late on in the Foxes' Champions League quarter-final exit to Atletico Madrid last week and midfielder Mendy has undergone surgery on a floating bone in his ankle with boss Craig Shakespeare ruling him out for the season.

Robert Huth will return after being banned for the 1-1 draw with Atletico, with Leicester going out 2 1 on aggregate, while Islam Slimani continues to be sidelined with a groin injury.

(Additional reporting by Press Association)

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