Shane Long is at the centre of an injury worry after Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni let slip news of a problem the West Bromwich Albion striker picked up in Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United.
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Long was angered in August when he was omitted from the 0-0 friendly draw in Serbia amid a misunderstanding over his fitness. He claimed he was ready to start and was dismayed the Ireland management declared that he was unfit to do so.
Now Trapattoni has revealed that Long is struggling to play in the friendly with Greece in the middle of this month and prompted Albion to disclose the news that he has been sent for a scan.
Although the club say the move is precautionary and they remain optimistic he will be fit for Monday night's home game against Southampton, the waters have been muddied by disclosures at international level.
"He said to me: 'I have a hamstring (injury)... not only a hamstring but a kick behind the knee'," Trapattoni said. "At the moment, the club doesn't think he is ready. They'll let us know. It would be a surprise for me if plays (on Monday). If he plays, he will be (joining) with us."
Long has not been selected by Ireland for the Greece game and is continuing to be assessed, having sustained the problems after going on as a substitute at St James' Park.
The development is one of several Albion's medical staff are keeping a close eye on.
Head coach Steve Clarke hopes to have Claudio Yacob and skipper Chris Brunt available on Monday - both after hamstring injuries - while winger Jerome Thomas and full-back Billy Jones are close to return after their knee injuries.
Steven Reid is still likely to be absent for the visit of Southampton, although he is making good progress after a troublesome hamstring problem of his own.