Benayoun makes Israel squad
Chelsea midfielder Benayoun, who is his country's captain, has been out since September with an Achilles problem, but is due to resume full training tomorrow or on Friday. He is unlikely to be involved in his club's Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday, meaning he may now make his comeback from injury for the national team.
Israel boss Luis Fernandez said: "I have been in contact with him since his injury and I have heard about his progress. I know that Benayoun is not 100% fit but he is the captain. It was sad to see him injured and just seeing him in the squad is very important."
Israel are fourth in EURO 2012 qualifying Group F and are desperate for victories in their meeting with Latvia on 26 March and Georgia three days later as they bid to keep their campaign alive.