West Ham United's on loan striker Robbie Keane is on the brink of a full return after scoring for the Hammers reserves against Newcastle on Tuesday evening.
Keane has been out for five weeks with a calf injury, but made his comeback in West Ham's FA Cup quarterfinal defeat against Stoke City on Sunday.
However, The Republic of Ireland international will have to sit on the sidelines this weekend, as Avram Grant's side take on his parent club, Tottenham Hotspur.
"It has obviously been frustrating. You come to a new club and you want to play as soon as possible and you get injured," said Keane.
"It was nice to get back and be able to get another 60 minutes today. I am looking forward now to pushing on.
"I got 25 minutes against Stoke on Sunday but my next games will be for Ireland.
His country face Macedonia in their next European Championship qualifier, before a meeting Uruguay in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium, but Keane is already looking ahead to the Hammers' next game, against Manchester United.
"The more games I can play now before I come back to play in the Manchester United match in a few weeks’ time, obviously the better it will be for everyone and certainly me. Whatever minutes I play for Ireland will help me to come back to 100 per cent match fitness for the club.