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Sunderland boss Roy Keane will send Dwight Yorke away on international duty next month with his blessing, but adamant he is not fit enough to play three games in a week.

The Irishman found himself embroiled in a furious row with Jack Warner, FIFA vice-president and special advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, when he summoned the 36-year-old back from the Caribbean between World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and the United States earlier this month.

In reaction to Yorke's latest international call-up, Keane said: "He goes with my best wishes. He has had two or three weeks' training. My big issue the last month was that he wasn't 100% fit. I still don't think he is capable of going over there and playing three games in eight or nine days."

He added: "He goes with my best wishes, and he knows that. But he wasn't fit enough to play two games last month. Nobody will ever change my mind on that.

"He will go, but if somebody asked me if he can play the three games for them next month, I would say, 'no chance'. He is not fit enough, his body is not up to it.

"But he can go and have an influence in maybe one, possibly two of the games. That's up to their manager to decide."

The TTFF can confirm that Yorke was part of a conference call with Warner and Francisco Maturana on Tuesday and confirmed his availability and commitment to the national team.

“He (Yorke) has made a commitment to us and we both know that he still has a significant contribution to make to the national team and football in Trinidad and Tobago. The same goes for Russell (Latapy). Our staff will also ensure that like every other player on the team, there physical conditions are properly monitored. They too also know what they can offer and they can speak for themselves,” Warner told TTFF Media.

“The fact remains that if these two gentlemen can still make a contribution and are willing to do so then we will make full use of them. This does not take away from what the other players are already contributing to the national team. Telling them (Yorke and Latapy) that they are not worthy of contributing to the team and the football would be an absurd thing for anyone to do,” Warner added.

Meantime, Crewe are believed to be in the hunt to sign giant Swansea defender Dennis Lawrence on loan. First team coach Steve Holland has been looking for a defender all summer and the former Wrexham defender has been a long term transfer target for the Railwaymen and they are looking to tie up a short term deal in time for Saturday's match at Bristol Rovers.

It is understood that Roberto Martinez is keen for the Trinidad and Tobago international to get some games under his belt. Holland told BBC Radio Stoke "We have made some progress this week and we have a player who ticks all the boxes and we have to see how that evolves over the week, its in its early stages."