Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni yesterday confirmed that he had spoken with Darron Gibson about his international future and that the midfielder was ready to make a return to the squad.
Speaking at the squad announcement for the international friendly against Greece, Trapattoni revealed that he had spoken to the Everton midfielder after the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.
Gibson had ruled himself out of contention for Ireland's friendly against Oman in September, citing disappointment with the Euro 2012 campaign, and he has not featured for the Boys in Green since. The 25-year-old is currently nursing an injury, but is willing to return upon recovery, Trapattoni told reporters.
"I spoke to him after the Faroes game and he said, 'Sorry Mister, again, a problem with the toe'," said the Italian. "But he said also 'I have no problem when I will be ready.' But at the moment, he no play."
"Yes, yes, he said to me 'No problem this'. He was also disappointed, we had many players disappointed."
Trapattoni continued by praising the 'great squad' that he had to work with and suggested that the friendly with Greece on November 14 would be another opportunity for the younger squad members. Among those included are uncapped pair Shane Duffy and Conor Clifford, while Manchester United winger Robbie Brady will also seek to stake his claim for a place.
"We have a great squad because until now we have three or four players that we are not sure if they are injured or not. We will choose 23 then. After Saturday with the doctor we will have the final list. Some players, we are not sure if they will play or not," he added.
"With this friendly, it’s another opportunity for two or three young players to increase their experience in the international game, like [Seamus] Coleman, [James] McCarthy, also [Robbie] Brady because it’s very important that they can continue to play.
"This shirt in the national team is very, very heavy and they can increase their personality and confidence. We are sure we can have trust about them," concluded Trapattoni.
The Republic of Ireland take on former European champions Greece at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday November 14.