By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The confirmation of Etheridge's availability is a huge boost to the Azkals' prospects given he is regarded as one of Southeast Asia's best goalkeepers.
It also looks set to complete a remarkable turnaround after it seemed certain he would miss out on the region's most-prestigious international competition, after Rovers manager Mark McGhee claimed the 22-year-old, who is currently on loan at the Memorial Stadium from Fulham, had decided against taking part.
"Neil has decided he won't be going to the tournament," McGhee said last week, according to the Bristol Post.
However, the club have since released a statement on their official Twitter account confirming Etheridge will be free to fly to Bangkok, where Philippines will be playing all their Group A fixtures.
"Rovers will miss keeper Neil Etheridge for two games after tonight [Tuesday], as he goes to play for the [Philippines]," read a tweet on the club's Twitter page.
In the absence of Etheridge and Duisburg's Roland Muller, Philippine Army custodian Eduard Sacapano was given the nod by coach Michael Weiss in their final warm-up friendly against Singapore last Thursday, and put in an inspired display as the Azkals grinded out a 1-0 victory.
The Philippines camp have yet to confirm if the Enfield native will indeed join up with the squad, who are already in Bangkok.