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DUBLIN, Ireland -- Former England manager Bobby Robson has been given a clean bill of health and is determined to see out his two-year deal to assist the Republic of Ireland.

International football consultant Robson was given the go-ahead after a meeting on Tuesday with Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney to discuss his future.

Robson has missed Ireland's last four matches - against the Netherlands, Germany, Cyprus and the Czech Republic - following two operations to remove cancerous growths.

The latter was a small brain tumor which resulted in the 73-year-old suffering minor complications, and there were fears he would have to quit his job just nine months after his appointment along with manager Steve Staunton.

But the former England manager will be back in work for next month's Euro 2008 qualifier with San Marino at Lansdowne Road.

Robson said: "I have been given the all-clear by the doctors and I am looking forward to getting back to doing the job I was employed to do.

"Although I have been in regular contact with Stephen and John by telephone, I missed being able to link up with the squad and attend the games. But the FAI, and in particular John and Stephen, have been wonderfully supportive in recent weeks."

Staunton said it would great to have Robson back.

"Myself and the players look forward to linking up with Bobby next month for the B international against Scotland and the Euro 2008 qualifier against San Marino," he said.

Ireland's poor Euro 2008 qualification campaign has resulted in fierce criticizm but calls for Staunton's head eased last week after the side's 1-1 home draw against the Czech Republic following a humiliating 5-2 defeat by Cyprus earlier this month.

Robson was brought in as a consultant this year to offset the inexperience of Staunton who, despite being a veteran of three World Cups, had never coached a team by himself.


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Robson has recoverd from a cancer scare and is anxious to resume his role with Ireland.

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