Shane Long has dispelled any lingering concerns over his availability to play in the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming Nations League games against Denmark and Wales by taking part in training on Thursday.
The Southampton striker’s prospective involvement in the games was in doubt due to an ankle issue and sat out Wednesday’s session, but he has recovered in time for the games, which are scheduled to take place at Lansdowne Road on October 13 and 16.
Long, who missed Ireland’s 4-1 defeat against Wales in their Nations League opener due to injury, will hope to provide a remedy to Martin O’Neill’s chronic striker problem as the Boys in Green attempt to get themselves back on track in UEFA’s new competition.
Having lost to the Welsh, Ireland find themselves at the bottom of League B, Group 4.
However, a win against Denmark – who beat Ireland 5-1 when the sides met in Dublin last November – on Saturday will see each team locked level on three points apiece, with Wales suffering a 2-0 loss to Age Hareide’s team in September.
Republic of Ireland Squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers)
Midfielders: Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Harry Arter (Cardiff City), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)
Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Callum Robinson, Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa)