Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli has confirmed that veteran defender Richard Dunne has an outside chance of playing against Georgia on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Aston Villa centre-back has not played a game all season because of a persistent groin injury, but took part in a practice match at the end of the Republic of Ireland's training session on Monday morning.
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has already indicated that Dunne will take no part in Wednesday's friendly against England at Wembley but he could yet feature in the friendly with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands in Dublin on June 7.
Tardelli said: "It's impossible he can play against England, but maybe he could play a few minutes in the next game, I don't know.
"Maybe, it's possible. If he is fit and he wants to play, we will be very happy, but we need to assess him in training."
Asked if Dunne would be considered for the England game if he insisted he was fit, Tardelli said: "A player who hasn't played for a year, it's impossible to play in this match.
"This is a very important match for everybody and I think it's better in another match when it might be easier."
Midfielders Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy, who are nursing calf and hamstring problems respectively, were also able to train on Monday, but defender Marc Wilson, who has a calf problem, worked alone with the physios at Watford's London Colney base.