CITY are waiting on Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill to agree to Colin Doyle’s fast-track return to action.

Stuart McCall remains hopeful that Doyle will be in goal again at MK Dons tomorrow.

It still hinges on the official say-so from his country after their World Cup qualifier against Moldova this evening.

McCall insists City’s attempt in trying to get Doyle back in time is no slight on Lukas Raeder. The German will otherwise step in for his debut.

But the Bantams boss does not want to lose one of his senior players if there remains a chance of him being involved.

McCall said: “There is an opportunity because of the logistics – Doyley’s in Ireland and not somewhere miles away – but we’re still waiting for the confirmation if it’s okay for both parties.

“If not, Lukas has trained really well this week. He’ll do some work with the back four today but he’s looked confident and assured.

“It’s not that we don’t trust our back-up goalkeepers. Lukas goes about his work really well and nothing seems to faze him.

“But if we had the chance to get a Charlie Wyke or Romain Vincelot back, we’d do it. Colin Doyle is no different.

“If that opportunity arises, it’s not to the detriment of the other keepers we’ve got at the club.

“Colin’s been number one this season, he’s acquitted himself well and he’s showed a lot of confidence at this moment in time.

“Goalkeepers can go up and down but he’s in a good run of form. So if it’s something we can do, we’ll look to do it.”

City have been checking on possible flight routes to pick up Doyle early in the morning.

But they are also aware that Ireland will not temporarily let him out ahead of Monday’s crucial clash in Wales if there are any concerns about the other keepers Darren Randolph and Rob Elliot.

McCall added: “We know Ireland are down to three goalkeepers, so if either of the others shows a sign of injury or illness they’ll obviously keep him.

“We know it’s down to them and we’re waiting for a reply.

“If Colin’s allowed to come back and it suits everyone, then great. If not, we’ve no problem playing Lukas.”

City have an excellent recent record at stadium:mk but meet Robbie Neilson’s side as the hosts are coming into form.

McCall said: “Going into the season they would have earmarked top two possibly, but definitely top six with the squad they’ve got.

“It’s now Robbie’s team. He inherited a lot of players but when you look back to last season, quite a few have left and he’s built his own squad.

“They have only lost one in nine and have a couple of players coming back now so look a bit stronger.

“They are on a good run and we know it’s going to be another difficult game.

“But we’ve got good momentum and belief in the group and our away form has been strong up to now.”

Timothee Dieng is back from injury and added to the squad for the first time since City lost to Blackburn on August 19.

Shay McCartan remains out with a minor calf tear but should be able to join in training again from Monday.