Richard Dunne is likely to get a run out for the Republic of Ireland on Saturday to bring an end to nearly a year on the sidelines.
The 33-year-old Aston Villa defender is in line to feature against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, which would be his first competitive outing since last summer's Euro 2012.
Dunne has been a frustrated spectator since then because of a combination of groin and hip injuries, and he has undergone three bouts of surgery in a bid to regain his fitness.
He joined his international colleagues in London last weekend ahead of the 1-1 friendly draw against England and coach Giovanni Trapattoni indicated he will use him at some point in Dublin.
Dunne is out of contract with Villa at the end of June and a positive showing would do his harms of earning a new deal somewhere a power of good.
Asked if Dunne would figure against the Georgians, the Italian said: "Yes, sure. I have already said probably he will play some time in the game.
"Whether it's better to start or better to play when later in the game, we will have to decide. We will speak with him, but sure he has the possibility to play."
Earlier, captain Robbie Keane had indicated that Dunne was desperate to bring an end to his frustration, saying: "I know he wants to. I have been rooming with him, so I know he is desperate to play.
"It's been a frustrating season for him. Obviously he hasn't played since the Euros, so I know how much it means to him.
"To come back and hopefully even play 20 minutes or something like that would certainly be good for his confidence, and to see where he is himself because it's been a tough year for him with his injury."