West Brom striker Shane Long back in Republic of Ireland plans having proved fitness
Last Updated: November 7, 2012 8:07am
Shane Long: Striker proved his fitness with a busy performance against Southampton
West Brom striker Shane Long should return to the Republic of Ireland starting line-up in the friendly against Greece having proved his fitness.
The 25-year-old had been struggling with a hamstring problem but came through the Baggies' 2-0 win over Southampton on Monday night and is back in contention to face Greece next week.
The Aviva Stadium clash is a friendly but with head coach Giovanni Trapattoni under mounting pressure amid a stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign, Long's recovery may prove timely.
The diminutive forward has been a consistent performer for Albion this season and is the club's leading goalscorer with five goals in all competitions - helping Steve Clarke's men rise to fifth in the Premier League.
Norwich playmaker Wes Hoolahan is also included in Trapattoni's 23-man party and is in with a chance of winning his second cap more than four years after his first, but veteran Robbie Keane has not been asked to make the trip from Los Angeles.
Squad: Westwood, Forde, Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, O'Dea, Kelly, McShane, Ward, Clark, Andrews, McCarthy, Fahey, Meyler, Whelan, McGeady, McClean, Brady, Hoolahan, Doyle, Cox, Walters, Long.
Stand-by: Keogh, Clifford, Duffy, Delaney.