Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid has denied a fall-out with manager Giovanni Trappattoni.
The Republic boss claimed that Reid may never fully recover from the knee injury that has restricted him to only a few performances for Blackburn this season.
But the 28-year-old, who has captained Ireland in the past, revealed that he has not fallen out with the Italian coach, and that he still holds hope of playing in the upcoming play-offs against France.
Asked whether he had fallen out with his manager, he said: "No, not at all. He's put me in the squad numerous times, even just getting back from injury.
"A couple of months ago I was put in the squad not fully fit so that shows the faith he has got in me.
"Whether or not I will be involved in the play-off game versus France depends on whether I'm back playing for Blackburn or not but hopefully I can sneak in that squad and ultimately the aim is to get to South Africa next summer."
"I was a little bit surprised (with the comments that he would never recover). I think it was more of a case of wires being crossed than anything else.
"He's shown since I was fit that he had good faith in me in the centre of midfield, I really enjoyed playing in that position and hopefully look forward to many more appearances to come as well."
Reid also revealed that the rehabilitation on his knee is going well, and that he hopes to return to action soon.
"The knee is going well," he added. "It's been going well since the rehab started over the last couple of months.
"I've managed to get back playing and it's just been the case of a couple of minor niggles just holding me back.
"I'm hopefully going to be involved in training over the next few days and be involved next week at some point."