Robbie Keane is relishing Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 play-off clash with Estonia after returning to fitness.
The Republic skipper was doubtful for the two ties after picking up an adductor muscle in the penultimate qualifier against Andorra last month.
However, Keane has recovered from the injury quicker than expected and he scored for LA Galaxy in their win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
Keane knows how important the two games against Estonia will be as the Republic look to qualify for their first European Championship since 1988.
"We haven't qualified for the European Championships for the last 20 years or so. It's going to be a big occasion," said Keane. "Seeing everyone back home, I know everyone's looking forward to it.
"Of course I'm just happy to be back fit and I look forward to the games."
Keane also paid tribute to the LA Galaxy medical team after he made his comeback well ahead of schedule.
"When the injury first happened they said four to six weeks and that really would have put me out," added Keane.
"I'm very happy. Full credit to (head athletic trainer) Armando (Rivas) and all the physios who worked really hard to get me fit.
"It's always nice to get back early, and I managed to do that."