FRANCO di Santo is hoping to use the international break to regain full fitness – which could spell bad news for Swansea City.
The Argentine striker is still feeling his way back after picking up a calf injury last month at Manchester United.
He showed some good signs off the bench on his return at Sunderland a fortnight ago, and marked his first start back in the side with a goal against Everton last weekend.
“I am nearly back to 100%, and hopefully by the end of this international break I’ll be back to where I was,” Di Santo told the Evening Post.
“This break is a good opportunity for everyone to work on their fitness as well as skills, and I don’t think I am far away from where I want to be.
“I wasn’t happy with the tackle at Old Trafford but I also appreciate it could have been much worse.
“That’s all in the past now, though, it’s forgotten. All that matters is the next game against Swansea.”
Meanwhile, James McCarthy has been named in the Ireland side to face Germany in a massive World Cup qualifier in Dublin tonight.
The Wigan midfielder made his first competitive start for Giovanni Trapattoni’s men in Kazakhstan last month, and keeps his spot for the Aviva Stadium showdown.