THE absence of Darren Randolph opens the door for Caoimhín Kelleher to make his Ireland debut in the World Cup qualifier away to Serbia next Wednesday.
The Liverpool number two is one of four Leesiders in Stephen Kenny's 29-man squad, along with Conor Hourihane, on fire for Swansea City in recent weeks, Preston North End's Alan Browne and Burnley defender Kevin Long.
Unfortunately, John Egan and Adam Idah are out through injury.
Kelleher himself has had a slight abdominal tear and will battle with former Shamrock Rovers stopper Gavin Bazunu, currently on loan from Man City to Brian Barry Murphy's Rochdale in League One, for the starting berth.
The likelihood is Kenny will put his faith in the 22-year-old ex-Ringmahon Rangers goalie as he worked with him 10 times when he was Ireland U21 boss. Liverpool though, will have the final say on Kelleher's fitness.
Stephen Kenny names his 29-player squad for their three upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Serbia, Luxembourg and Qatar. Four Cork players included with Adam Idah and John Egan missing through injury pic.twitter.com/iMMTRgE3LG— Andrew Horgan (@AndrewHorgan) March 18, 2021
Ireland host Luxembourg in a qualifier on March 27, before a friendly with Qatar three days later.