KEITH ANDREWS will hand Giovanni Trapattoni an increasingly rare piece of good injury news by returning to action for Bolton Wanderers next week.
Themidfielder has not played since January 19 after suffering a tear of his quadriceps muscle while playing against Crystal Palace.
That ruled him out of last month's win over Poland and appeared to cast doubt over his involvement in the crunch qualifiers against Sweden and Austria next month.
However, Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has said the former Blackburn player should be back in the frame for the club's game against Brighton next weekend.
"Keith should be back in a week's time, which is good news for us," said Freedman.
"He is back running now and it will be good to have him back. He put everything in for us and we couldn't ask any more from him.
"We had so many injuries and were struggling for bodies that Keith played on with the injury."
Meanwhile, Sean St Ledger has overcome a setback in his recovery from the hamstring injury that has dogged him since October.
The defender had a reaction in training last week that kept him out of Leicester City's goalless draw at Blackpool. However, St Ledger was close to being named in the squad for last night's clash with Blackburn Rovers.
Trapattoni is almost certainly without Richard Dunne for the key games, so the health of St Ledger will be crucial to his cause.
Ireland face Sweden on March 22 in Stockholm, before taking on Austria at Lansdowne Road four days later. They are currently third in Group C behind Germany and the Swedes.