The Republic of Ireland have been handed a very welcome boost with the news that Robbie Brady will not be charged by FIFA over a flashpoint with Ashley Williams in Cardiff on Monday night.

James McClean's 57th-minute strike sank Wales and sent Ireland into the World Cup play-offs but Brady faced a nervy couple of days' wait to discover if he'd be retrospectively punished for a tangle with Williams.

The Burnley man appeared to flick his head in the direction of the Welsh captain after being pushed to the ground four minutes after McClean's goal.

On Tuesday, FIFA confirmed they were investigating the incident, but The Irish Sun reports that Brady is in the clear, with the FIFA telling the publication that "no action will be taken for such alleged incident".

The Ireland camp had been relaxed about the incident, which occurred in front of the assistant referee, and their confidence has not been misplaced.

Brady could have missed one, if not both of the play-off legs, which will be played in November.

Jon Walters looks highly likely to miss both of those games with a knee injury despite the upbeat prognosis of Burnley boss Sean Dyche, while David Meyler is suspended for the first leg after seeing yellow late on at Cardiff City Stadium.

Brady would have been another massive loss but he's in the clear and very much in O'Neill's plans.