GIOVANNI Trapattoni has included Shane Long in his revised squad for next week's friendly international against Greece and all eyes will now turn to West Brom's Premier League fixture against Wigan on Saturday.
Long's fitness is being managed by West Brom manager Steve Clarke from game to game and it would be no great surprise if further doubts emerged about his availability over the weekend.
Trapattoni was unhappy with the information he has received about Ireland's top Premier League striker when he named his squad last week.
The Baggies play Chelsea immediately after Ireland's tussle with Greece and there is no question about where Clarke's priorities lie in that context.
But Long will be expected to come to Dublin for a full test by FAI medics on Sunday, regardless of Clarke and West Brom's assessment.
A terse statement from the FAI yesterday afternoon confirmed that Long had been reinstated in the squad.
"Giovanni Trapattoni today confirmed his 23-man squad to face Greece. Based on his current fitness after his appearance for West Brom against Southampton last night, Shane Long has been called up to the squad."
Meanwhile Richard Dunne had his first taste of full training in five months with Aston Villa and is hoping to step up his recovery after a second groin operation.
Revised ireland squad (v Greece)
Goalkeepers: Westwood (Sunderland), Forde (Millwall), Randolph (Motherwell)
Defenders: Coleman (Everton), O'Shea (Sunderland), O'Dea (Toronto FC), Kelly (Fulham), McShane (Hull City), Ward (Wolves), Clark (Aston Villa)
Midfielders: Andrews (Bolton Wanderers), McCarthy (Wigan Ath), Fahey (Birmingham City), Meyler (Sunderland), Whelan (Stoke City), McGeady (Spartak Moscow), McClean (Sunderland), Brady (Hull City (loan)), Hoolahan (Norwich City)
Forwards: Doyle (Wolves), Cox (Nottm Forest), Walters (Stoke City), Long (West Brom).
On standby: Keogh (Millwall), Clifford (Chelsea), Duffy (Everton), Delaney (Crystal Palace)