When a manager claims an international call-up is a good thing, he's either lying, misread the small print or - in Martin O'Neill's case - an Olympian in positive thinking.
But then, finding silver-linings is not too tricky for the Aston Villa manager at the moment. Only he could go to the home of the champions, become the first team of the season to claim a point there and leave with his relationship with the opposition's truculent manager considerably enhanced. It's just his way.
But Saturday's deserved draw at Chelsea notwithstanding, his insistence that Milan Baros' double appointment with the Czech Republic could ultimately benefit Villa is bold, even by his standards.
The striker was, after all, incapacitated in his last appearance for his country - in the World Cup in Germany - and has not started a Premiership game since.
But what he needs is matches and with the Czech Republic's Euro 2008 qualifiers against San Marino next Saturday and the Republic of Ireland on October 11 coming up, O'Neill hopes a first start for four months could be on the horizon.
"I am not in a position to pick the international side and the Czech Republic coach [Karel Bruckner] will do what he considers the right thing but it would be terrific if Milan was to start in the games," O'Neill said. "If Milan comes out of those two games unscathed, it would be great for us. The benefit to us would be terrific. I am normally wary of players going away and playing two internationals in quick succession whereas, this time, it would be nice if Milan was involved."
O'Neill has, to date, played with a lone central striker - the revitalised Juan Pablo Angel, who has thrived on the responsibility given him - with Luke Moore and Gabriel Agbonlahor providing support from the flanks.
But the charismatic Ulsterman is confident that despite the reluctance of his predecessor, David O'Leary, Villa's two most high-profile forwards can play effectively in the same team.
"Can Juan Pablo and Milan play together? I don't see why not," O'Neill asserted. "They are two different types. Juan Pablo is a centre-forward in the old tradition.
"He is able to hold the ball up, link people into play, get into the penalty box and score a few goals. Baros is the sort of player who would play around him."
Meanwhile, O'Neill's Midas touch may not extend to saving Moore's season after the striker suffered a recurrence of the shoulder injury that has stalked him for several months.
The 20-year-old saw a specialist yesterday. O'Neill was not too hopeful after it became clear the forward would need an operation.
"I don't want to pre-empt things but, this time, he hasn't been able to put the shoulder back in again. Sometimes, he has been able to slot it back in, but he wasn't able to this time."
That would leave Villa dependent on Baros coming through his forthcoming international test because without him, the club have just Angel and Agbonlahor to call upon.
O'Neill knows the significance of the situation: "It would be a severe blow to us because it will take months and months and months. I believe this could be a season-threatening injury.
"It's a problem I didn't even know about until pre-season when I saw him holding his shoulder in a game.
"Next thing I know, it's coming out and it's a real problem. It's a blow to us and to him. If he has to have the operation, it would be a real shame because we've got a bit of momentum and we've got nothing to fall back on."