Kevin Thornton has had his red card for an alleged stamp in Coventry City's first match of their preseason tour revoked after their appeal was yesterday upheld.
The 19-year-old was facing a three-match ban after the incident against the American side Portland Timbers, which would have meant him missing Sunday's season opener against Sunderland along with the matches at Southampton and Cardiff City.
The sending-off was over-turned on the basis of video evidence, which proved that the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international should not have been dismissed.
However, fellow midfielder Colin Cameron will miss the Wearsiders' visit to the Ricoh Arena through suspension having been sent off for Wolverhampton Wanderers in their 2-1 win at Norwich City on the final day of last season.
Summer signing Jay Tabb will have a further opportunity to impress at international level having been named in the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad.
Tabb, who joined from Brentford, is in the Irish squad for the crunch European Championship qualifying clash against Greece.
The match in Athens will not only offer the 22-year-old further experience of playing at international level but he will also view it as the ideal chance to catch the eye of Steve Staunton who included Tabb in the senior squad for the recent friendly with Chile. Tabb did not get in on the action on that occasion but will have high hopes of forcing his way into the reckoning.