Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says James McCarthy faces "a very, very deep" decision about whether to switch allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to Scotland.
However, the Spaniard is adamant the promising 20-year-old midfielder should not be rushed into making one of the biggest decisions of his fledgling career.
McCarthy sat out the Republic's Carling Cup Nations victory against Wales on Tuesday as he only recently recovered from an ankle injury and Martinez did not want him to be risked.
That led to widespread speculation the Glasgow-born player, who qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandfather, could yet switch sides ahead of next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers.
"I do not know if it is a decision for him to make now or not. We need to give him plenty of time," said Martinez. "We need to respect him.
"He wants to help Wigan. For me that is fantastic. It (international football) is something he needs to think about with his family, with his friends."