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Al Habsi back for Wigan in FA Cup semi-final

13 Apr 2013 16:17:00

Al Habsi back for Wigan in FA Cup semi-final

Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi returned to the starting line-up for the club's first ever FA Cup semi-final against Millwall on Saturday.

Oman international Al Habsi had been relegated to the bench following a poor performance against Liverpool in March, but Latics boss Roberto Martinez opted to select him ahead of Joel Robles for the Wembley showdown.

Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone led the Wigan attack with support from Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman.

Meanwhile, Millwall manager Kenny Jackett dropped veteran striker Rob Hulse, with Republic of Ireland forward Andy Keogh coming into the Championship team's starting eleven.

The Lions, bidding to reach their second FA Cup final in nine years after losing to Manchester United in 2004, were boosted by James Henry's presence in the team, just weeks after the former Reading winger suffered a knee ligament injury which he initially thought would rule him out for the rest of the season.

Teams for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan at Wembley (KO 1615GMT):

Millwall (4-3-3):

Forde; Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry; Abdou, J.Smith, St Ledger; Henry, Keogh, Taylor

Wigan (4-3-3):

Al Habsi; Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa; McCarthy, McManaman, Gomez; Beausejour, Kone, Maloney

Referee: Michael Oliver


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