Martin O'Neill has insisted that James McClean's struggle to get back into the West Brom starting team will not affect his confidence ahead of this month's sold-out World Cup qualifier against Wales.
The winger from Derry has become a key man for the Boys in Green scoring the winning goals in the last two qualifiers against Moldova (twice) and Austria.
But since serving a one match ban at his club back at the beginning of November he didn't start a Premier League match until Saturday's defeat at Everton.
O'Neill was asked by 98FM Sport's Stephen Doyle if he felt that McClean was struggling for form.
"I don't think so and I think that James is one of those characters that I would say, that it really wouldn't matter about [form at] club level.
"There are a number of players here in this squad that if they make the 23, that I would have genuine concerns about form.
"If that's the case at club level, that I could point at a case and think, well his club form...that would definitely look as if it might affect him. James is not one of those people.
"He's been terrific for us. He keeps himself very, very fit. He's as fit as anyone, probably the fittest in the squad so in terms of confidence I don't think that James not playing in the last couple of weeks will affect him here playing for us."
Click play to hear the full audio of O'Neill who also speaks about Jeff Hendrick's good run with Burnley but starts on whether a resurgent Aiden McGeady and McClean can fit into the one teamO'Neill named a 39-man provisional squad for the game on March 24 which includes two new faces and ex-Dundalk duo Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan.