SEAN ST LEDGER says he's delighted to be back in action after a five-month absence due to injury.
The Ireland defender is on a high after completing 90 minutes for Leicester City against Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
"On a personal level it was great to get back in the first team," said St Ledger, who had been sidelined since October due to a serious hamstring injury. "It was my first 90 minutes in five months and I really missed it."
Foxes boss Nigel Pearson expects St Ledger to be drained by the demands of playing a full game so soon after his recovery, but he is happy with the Ireland man's contribution.
"Sean will be absolutely exhausted," Pearson said.
"It was important he managed himself in the right way and didn't exert himself and waste too much energy going forward because when you have been out for as long as he has it is difficult to get that sharpness. I thought he coped for the most part very well but there were some very good performances."
St Ledger, who had been an ever-present in the Irish side, has missed the last four internationals as his last cap came in the win over Oman in September.
He had been effectively ruled out of next week's qualifier in Sweden due to the lack of game time with his club but the fact that he's now managed a full match for the Foxes, and has a chance of featuring against Derby County on Saturday, means that Giovanni Trapattoni could now consider St Ledger for the Sweden tie.
Meanwhile, Robbie Keane helped LA Galaxy into the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League last night by scoring in a 4-1 win.
Keane found the net as his side overcame Costa Rica side Herediano and they now play Mexican outfit Monterrey in the last four.
"I think once we had that second goal, we killed them off. I don't think (Herediano) were brilliant, to be honest," said Keane, the Galaxy captain.
"And they didn't look like they were going to score. It was quite a comfortable performance."