CITY are exploring the possibility of bringing back Colin Doyle from Ireland to play at MK Dons this weekend as Lukas Raeder stands by for a potential debut.

Doyle is currently training with the Republic in Dublin to prepare for their next two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales.

They host Moldova tomorrow night before travelling to Wales on Sunday for a game the following evening.

But City are looking at getting Doyle, who will be on the bench as Martin O’Neill’s third choice keeper, back over in time to play for them on Saturday.

If not, Raeder will be thrust into his first appearance since signing on a short-term deal on deadline day. Regular back-up Rouven Sattelmaier is still out as he recovers from a torn hamstring.

Boss Stuart McCall said: “I’ve known that happen before when people have come back from international duty, certainly when I was in Scotland. We’ll have to wait and see.

“But I wouldn’t have any concerns if Lukas was to start on Saturday.

“He has settled okay and is a bit unfortunate that he’s had only one development game.

“He’s trained well and Banksy (goalkeeping coach Steve Banks) has been pleased with him. He’s worked well with Doyley.

“He’s not played a first-team game for a while but he seems quite a calm guy and quite assured.

“We’re not 100 per cent clear about the goalkeeping situation yet but if Lukas was to play I wouldn’t have any worries about it.”

Doyle was initially named in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional squad as he was before their last game when he was then released to return to his club.

But with Sheffield Wednesday’s Kieran Westwood ruled out with a rib injury, the City stopper will be required for his country as cover.

Raeder, 23, made two Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich at the start of his career.

He has spent the last three years in Portugal with Vitoria Setubal but did not make a single appearance last season. He has not played a senior game for 21 months since a 4-0 defeat at Boavista in January 2016.

City snapped up the free agent after Sattelmaier’s injury during the Checkatrade Trophy win at Chesterfield just before the previous international weekend.

Sattelmaier is still some way from being ready to return.

McCall added: “It’s slow progress when you’ve had a tear as big as Rouven had. He’s coming along exactly as we expected and going down the right timescale.

“He’s still not doing anything dynamic. He’s doing handling and things like that but there is a lot to step up yet before he can feel fully confident in himself.”