MARC Wilson has been forced to miss out on the glamour friendlies against England and Spain, but the Stoke City man is ready for international duty over the next week as he plans to resume his place at left back in the Ireland side.
Wilson had to sit out Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Wembley due to a hamstring injury while a pre-planned operation later this month means that he won't be available to line out against the reigning world and European Champions in New York.
But he hasn't ducked out of international matters completely as he's hoping to be fit enough to line out in tomorrow's friendly at home to Georgia and then keep his place for the World Cup tie at home to the Faroe Islands on Friday.
"I would have liked to play in the England game but I wasn't right to play, there was no point in risking it and putting myself out for two more games," Wilson said.
"It would have been great to play in the England game but the three points on Friday is the most important thing.
"The lads did really well, we got a good result for us and I think everyone was happy.
"For the last month and half I have been playing while not 100 per cent fit. I have been training maybe one day a week then played a game on the Saturday, in the last game of the season I only played 20 minutes, I couldn't move and I hadn't trained all week.
"But I have trained since I have been with the squad now and I'm starting to feel good now.
"I wanted to be here, all the lads did, to play against England.
"And I was a bit gutted not to play but I have to take that on the chin, get right for the Georgia game and the most important one is the three-point game against the Faroes.
"I don't know if I will start until the manager names the team, but I did enjoy the last game against the Faroes, that gave me a lot of confidence. Unfortunately not long after that I broke my leg but that game has good memories for me," added Wilson, who will miss the friendly with Spain in the USA.
"I won't be there for the Spain game, I am having the plate taken out of my leg, I am booked in on June 10th. I think that's where a lot of my problems have been coming from so I won't be there but it will be a hell of a game in Yankee Stadium," he explained
"The problems started since then (broken leg). I think I missed one or two games last season and played nearly every game. Then I started off this season by playing every game and then broke my leg.
"I came back and after a few games I was getting hamstring injuries, coming back and playing two games so I think it's all related to it."
But Wilson is keen to play against Georgia and cement his place at left back in the team.
"It's down to myself to keep on doing well whenever I play, that's all I can do. If players get injured other players get their chances, that's unfortunately the way football is, you just have to try and get yourself back in whenever you can."