Reports of a swollen ankle were obviously a little exaggerated and the injury was not going to be enough to keep our wee irish wizard away from the fun over there in Dublin. And a home tie against mighty Germany would go some way to compensate for some of those dreary games in the fizzies and he duly took his place in the Irish midfield last night.
The irishtimes reports on the game at Croke Park and although saying that "creativity was conspicuous by its absence", tells us that "Andy Reid and surprise inclusion Andy Keogh worked tirelessly and at times showed neatness of touch and tremendous vision".
Our skipper played the whole 90 minutes and despite the fact that "Reid was overburdened", Staunton displays none of Pardews' ability to change things around and the game rolled on towards a dull 0-0 draw.
The independent gives us an "inventive Reid", well we already knew that, but confirms that the Irish bid for qualification to the Euro finals is still alive which almost certainly commits our wee irish fella to yet another international game in Dublin on Wednesday against Cyprus. And he won't be helped by the suspension to fellow midfielder Lee Carsley.
Meanwhile, our ex-winger Rommedahl was playing in the 1-3 Danish defeat against Spain and despite putting a excellent chance into the side-netting in the first half somehow managed to convince the Real Madrid fanzine AS that he was the pick of the Danish team. Just try watching him every week, Señor AS, you won't give him two stars then.