Roy Keane has weighed into the debate about the availability of players for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off as Rob Elliot is assessed by Newcastle United.
Elliot has a thigh problem, and United head coach Steve McClaren has questioned whether he is fit enough link up with his country.
The goalkeeper, outstanding in last weekend's 1-0 win over Bournemouth, has seen a specialist.
And former Sunderland manager Keane has had a veiled dig at the former England coach ahead of Friday night's first-leg against Bosnia.
Keane said: "It’s ironic that they all seem to get ruled out for 10-14 days. It’s happened with a few other club managers who have been international managers themselves."
Meanwhile, former Newcastle head coach John Carver has been linked with a Championship club.
Carver – who left St James's Park in the summer – is keen to return to management.
Finally, United and Wales defender Paul Dummett has a big season ahead of him for club and country.
And the 24-year-old, keen to make Chris Coleman's squad for Euro 2016, is keen to make up for lost time after missing the start of the season through injury.
Dummett said: "It’s not a nice feeling when you’re known as being injury-prone, and that’s definitely something I want to put right."