Aleksandar Mitrovic may have been left out of not only the team, but also the squad, for Newcastle United’s last two crucial matches.
However, at international level it isn’t proving a problem.
Newcastle United’s number 45 has been named in the Serbia squad for the World Cup qualifier in Georgia, the game is away from home and will be played on Friday 24 March.
The Republic of Ireland currently head European Group A with 10 points, then Serbia on 8 and Wales third on 6.
Starting three of the four qualifiers so far, Mitrovic has three goals – scoring in the 1-1 draw in Wales, as well as two in the 3-2 win over Austria.
Daryl Murphy took the headlines in Mitrovic’ other World Cup qualifier, heading the goal that have Ireland a 2-2 draw against Serbia.
With goals last summer in friendlies against Russia and Cyprus, the former Anderlecht forward has five goals in his last five international appearances.
The Serbian international Manager keeping faith with the striker despite him being restricted to only eight starts in the English second tier.
Elsewhere, Tim Krul has had a call-up for the provisional Dutch squad, his first since picking up the really bad injury in 2015.
Holland play Bulgaria in a qualifier on 25 March and then a friendly against Italy on 28 March.