With James McCarthy missing from the Irish Republic squad, it could mean that Darron Gibson will get a start in the games against Gibraltar and Germany.
The Everton midfielder has given his views about the new autobiography by Irish coach Roy Keane.
Gibbo said: "It's been hard, like. Coming back and having to fight for my place has been hard. I knew I would have to fight for it. I didn't realise that mentally it would be so tough but I'm gonna keep pushing, keep going until I'm starting.
"Being out for so long, it was going to take me a while to get back in the swing of things and get match fit, but the start of the season was just about getting minutes. Now I'm ready to go.
"If we get three points on Saturday. All the lads will be looking forward to it against some of the best players in the world. They won the World Cup, so it is good to put ourselves up against a team like that and hopefully we can perform.
"I spoke to Fletch [Scotland's Darren Fletcher] after their game and he said they can be beat. Maybe they just played well or Germany played bad: I don't know, but we are going to go into the game focused and try to get something out of it.
"Obviously Sir Alex brought me in and gave me a chance, so I've a lot to be thankful to him for.
"Roy Keane was my idol growing up watching football. They were big influences on my career and it's nice to be working with one now.
"I've not seen any of the comments in the book, so I'm in no position to comment.
"Different players have different views. Obviously Roy seen it a different way than I seen it. But Roy was there an awful lot longer than I was.
"I don't think there's anything that personal in the book, to be honest."
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