Marco Tardelli is backing the Republic of Ireland's young guns to cover the loss of Kevin Doyle.
The Wolves striker is set to miss Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia with a knee injury.
His absence has opened the door to those currently on the fringes of the first-team fold, with Andy Keogh or Shane Long expected to get the nod in Zilina.
Assistant coach Tardelli insists national coach Giovanni Trapattoni would have no qualms in throwing either of those two promising frontmen into action, as both have proven their worth at domestic level.
"It's a problem because Kevin Doyle is a very good player for us but we have young players, like Long and like Keogh," said the Italian.
"They are very good players but without experience - Doyle has experience in the Premier League.
"But I think the young players are ready to play in an important match. Against Russia, Long came on, he played well and scored a goal (in a 3-2 defeat)."
One option for the Republic in midweek would be to start with Robbie Keane as a lone frontman, but Tardelli insists they intend to be more adventurous than that.
"No I don't think so," he said when asked if one striker was an option.
"Maybe it's possible to play a young player but tomorrow Giovanni will decide."
Meanwhile, Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan has admitted that he would like to see Ireland play more football.
He accepts that Friday's performance against Russia was not the best, but claims the players stuck to Trapattoni's instructions - which place more emphasis on being direct than intricate passing play.
"It's what the manager sets out and his tactics," said Whelan.
"Everyone would like to see better football and try and get more passing around the pitch but, if it's not to be and the manager wants something different, then what can you do?"