Nicklas Bendtner likely to make first Arsenal appearance since August 2011 at West Brom

Nicklas Bendtner is likely to make a surprise start for Arsenal at West Brom. Photo: PA

West Brom striker Shane Long could return to the fold for Wednesday's Capital One Cup match at home to Arsenal following a recent knee injury.

Republic of Ireland international Long is in contention along with captain Chris Brunt, who missed Saturday's win over Sunderland with a groin problem.

Long-term absentees Zoltan Gera and George Thorne are nearing full fitness while striker Matej Vydra (hamstring) should be back in the next couple of weeks. Goalkeeper Ben Foster is continuing his recuperation after foot surgery.

Arsene Wenger will ring the changes for Arsenal, with striker Nicklas Bendtner likely to make his first appearance for the club since August 2011 while youngsters Serge Gnabry and Hector Bellerin could feature.

Santi Cazorla (ankle), Theo Walcott (stomach), Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all out.

Provisional squads:

West Brom: Myhill, Daniels, Camp, Olsson, Popov, Ridgewell, Lugano, McAuley, Dawson, Jones, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Sinclair, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Long, Anichebe, Sessegnon, Rosenberg, Berahino, Anelka.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud, Fabianski, Akpom, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Monreal, Frimpong, Gnabry, Arteta, Olsson, Bellerin, Bendtner.