GLENN Whelan has made a Lazarus-like recovery from a fractured leg to join up with the Ireland squad in Portmarnock last night.
The Stoke City midfielder sustained the injury during Ireland's epic 1-1 draw with Germany in Gelsenkirchen just three weeks ago but promised that he would do everything possible to be back in time.
Whelan trained with Stoke City yesterday and was sufficiently fit to convince Mark Hughes and his medical team that he could travel to Dublin and continue his recovery there.
Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, a Whelan fan, will be delighted with the news, which balances the less positive bulletin on Marc Wilson, who has been forced to withdraw because of a hamstring strain.
James McCarthy will be assessed by O'Neill's medical team today before a decision is made on what has been described as a minor hamstring injury.
O'Neill was also able to name the latest recruits, Cyrus Christie and David McGoldrick, in his revised 27-man squad.
Both men were cleared to play last week, when their new Irish passports arrived, but Kieran Westwood, as expected, has been ruled out by injury.