Healy boost for Irish
David Healy returned to training with Northern Ireland on Tuesday ahead of their Euro 2008 qualifier against Iceland.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 11/09/07 6:31pm
David Healy returned to training with Northern Ireland on Tuesday ahead of their Euro 2008 qualifier against Iceland on Wednesday.
Striker Healy, the leading scorer in the qualification tournament with 11 goals from eight games, limped out of Monday's session after taking a kick on his calf.
But the Fulham forward was fit to return for the latest session as Nigel Worthington's side prepare for the game in Reykjavik.
And there was more good news for Worthington with Keith Gillespie and Jonny Evans also back in training.
Gillespie suffered a knee injury in Saturday's shock 1-0 defeat by Latvia while Evans suffered a calf problem.
Northern Ireland remain three points behind Group F leaders Sweden and level with Spain - with testing trips against the duo still to come - as they look to reach the finals of a major tournament for the first time since 1986.
Gillespie, who is set to win his 78th cap, is determined to erase the memory of their shock setback in Riga.
One consolation was that Sweden and Spain had to settle for draws against Iceland and Denmark.
The Sheffield United winger said: "We got out of jail and are still in there. When you look at the other results they were not too bad.
"Having a game so soon after Saturday gives us a chance to put things right.
"Our problem over the years is that we have done well against the major nations but struggled to overcome some of the so-called smaller teams."
Under former manager Lawrie Sanchez, Northern Ireland were beaten 3-0 by Iceland in their opening qualifier and Gillespie knows they can not afford a repeat.
"They are a strong, physical side and have been able to get some good results," he said.
"However, Iceland have also been inconsistent so it is a bit difficult to tell what team is going to turn up.
"Certainly we have got to be better than we were against Latvia. We know three points are vital."
Meanwhile, Worthington has saluted striker James Quinn, who is poised to hang up his boots.
Quinn is in talks with Northampton about terminating his contract at the club having won 50 caps for the province.
Worthington said: "That is a great achievement and a landmark.
"He has always been there for his country. We thank him very much for his service and wish him well in the future."