Troy Parrott will be included in Mick McCarthy's final squad for the crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark and the friendly against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.
The Spurs teenager will get his first senior call-up as well as Aaron Connolly coming into the squad, which will be officially named on Thursday. A win against the Danes will see the Boys in Green book their place at next summer's finals.
McCarthy has said, “I spoke to Stephen Kenny at our monthly manager’s meeting in Abbotstown on Monday and told him that Troy and Aaron Connolly will be with the senior squad next week.
“Stephen will also announce his squad this week for the Under-21 games against Armenia and Sweden so it was important to let him know what I am doing ahead of that.
“Troy has been pushing for this step-up for some time now and I look forward to seeing him on the training ground ahead of the New Zealand game. I hope he pushes me to include him in that game.”
There are some injury concerns, including Darren Randolph who has been nursing a thigh issue, Glenn Whelan who came off for Hearts at the weekend with a hamstring problem as well as Wolves' wing-back Matt Doherty.
“I have been in touch with all three players and they assure me they are confident of being fit to play against Denmark. Glenn felt a twinge in his hamstring but he expects to be fine and available to link up with the squad on Sunday as planned.
“Matt has told me the decision to take him off against Arsenal was a precaution more than anything else while Darren continues to make progress with his thigh strain and expects to be available.
"As a result, I will name Kieran O’Hara and Mark Travers alongside Darren on Thursday and Caoimhin Kelleher will be available to Stephen for his squad.
“John Egan had an issue with illness on Saturday as Sheffield United beat Burnley 3-0. Terry Connor was at that game with so many of our players involved and John insists he will be ok as well.
“The good news from that match is that Jeff Hendrick and Enda Stevens played the full game while Terry was really impressed with David McGoldrick who was one of United’s star players again after his return from injury.
“Robbie Brady got another half an hour under his belt as well which is a real bonus so close to naming the final squad for the New Zealand and Denmark games.