Scott Hogan has been called into Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland panel, six weeks after declaring for the country of his grandparents' birth.

The FAI today posted a picture of an Irish passport on Instagram with the caption, "Available for selection...", which would appear to heavily hint at Hogan getting the call.

The Aston Villa frontman, born in Salford, was not named in the squad for the games against Georgia and Serbia but had been waiting on his documentation to come through.

Hogan signed for Villa from Brentford for a reported £15m last January having scored 14 goals in 25 Championship games for the Bees.

He has notched three League Cup goals this season.

O'Neill today names his provisional squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers of an attritional campaign.

James McClean - whose brace got Ireland out of Moldova with a 3-1 win a year ago - and Robbie Brady are both suspended for the return leg of that fixture but will be available to face Wales.

Jon Walters is struggling with a knee injury; Harry Arter had scans on a calf injury yesterday and isn't expected to make Bournemouth's game against Leicester this weekend; Wes Hoolahan picked up a knock in Norwich's draw with Bristol City last Saturday; and James McCarthy hasn't played this season as he continues rehab on his knee issue.

It opens the door for the likes of Hogan, Sean Maguire, and Cillian Sheridan to come into the reckoning.

Speaking previously of 25-year-old Hogan, the manager said: "He’s keen, he’s very keen. I want the players to have a genuine enthusiasm for playing for the Republic of Ireland because I don’t want to lose that."

Hull City striker Will Keane is another who has recently aired his desire to play for Ireland.

The 24-year-old frontman has previously represented England at under-21 level but is eligible to play for Ireland as his father was born in Dublin. 

Speaking to the Times, the Manchester-born player said: "(Ireland) have some good strikers, but I was on their radar before the injury. I am an outside bet but if I can get back scoring goals I would like to think I have a chance.

"It’s every player's dream to play in the World Cup. Ireland are doing well in their group so they might make it. If I ended up playing in a World Cup, all this hard work would be worthwhile."