Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Gary Rogers is hoping to feature for Dundalk in tonight's League of Ireland clash with Sligo Rovers, less than 24 hours after the 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Serbia.
Rogers was on the bench for Ireland as they came from behind to take a valuable point from their opening game of the qualifying campaign but while the squad won't arrive back in the country until the small hours of the morning, the goalkeeper already has his eye on game at the Showgrounds (7.45pm).
"I’m after having ice-baths there. I didn’t do much today so I should be pretty fresh," he told RTÉ Sport.
"We we’ll fly back and we’ll be back into the hotel in the early hours of the morning, get the head down and travel down to Sligo.
"It’s been great, at the start of last week I didn’t think I’d be in this position and it’s been a terrific experience.
"I just have to get back to Dundalk and focus on our league campaign. It’s going be a tough schedule but I think our lads are more than capable of producing the results."
Rogers believes that his exploits with Dundalk in the Champions League qualifiers this season have prepared him for life in the Ireland squad and revealed that both sides get ready for big games in a similar manner.
"[I’ve got] plenty of air miles. It’s been a great experience and we’ve had plenty of European campaigns and the preparations that go into games," he said.
"We’ve been doing it at Dundalk ourselves in terms of video work and really tactical work on the pitch and stuff like that.
"All the preparation that we’ve done so far for the Europa League and the Champions League has been good so far."