Scotland boss Berti Vogts has not given up hope of having Barry Ferguson in his side to face Germany - or persuading Craig Burley to reverse his international retirement.
Barry Ferguson has been troubled all season by injury
Rangers midfielder Ferguson has been carrying a hip injury all season and will require surgery before next term.
His title-chasing club might wish him to have the operation before Scotland Euro 2004 qualifier on 7 June as they will want him fit for the start of the next season's Champions League campaign.
But Vogts insists that Scotland's player of the season will be among the 18 or 19 strong squad he will announce on Thursday for the Germany game and the warm-up clash with New Zealand.
"I spoke to Barry last week and he is still hopeful," said Vogts.
"I can only say what I know today and today he is in the starting line-up to face Germany."
Vogts will name a list of stand-by players in case anyone is ruled out through injury during a hectic end to the season, which includes Celtic's Uefa Cup final, an exciting final day of the title race between Celtic and Rangers and the latter's cup final against Dundee.
The national coach was speaking ahead of Tuesday evening's Scotland Future match against Northern Ireland at Firhill.
Derby County midfielder Craig Burley was due to play in that game but instead announced his retirement from the international scene at the age of 31.
Burley seemed disillusioned by the set-up under Vogts when he played under the German for the first time in the 2-0 defeat by Austria after a long spell out through injury.
But Vogts said: "He is an experienced player, but he was not my first choice.
"He is a very good player, but at the moment he needs a lot of games and many people would have realised that from the Austria game."
Vogts hopes that Burley will play regular football next season, when he plans to watch the veteran in action and possibly consider asking him to return to the international set-up.
Burley has been released by Derby as the hard-up English First Division outfit shed their high-earning players.
It is understood that caretaker manager George Burley had wanted to keep his nephew at Pride Park but was over-ruled by chairman Lionel Pickering.
Should George Burley be given the job permanently, the former Scotland international is likely to be among his first signings, with the player likely to be willing to accept reduced terms.
Dundee United are just one of several clubs interested in signing Burley should he not return to Derby.