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Austria to miss 3 regulars in Iceland, Czech games

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 15, 2014 at 5:33 am •  Published: May 15, 2014
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VIENNA (AP) — Austria coach Marcel Koller has replaced three regular starters because of injuries in his team for upcoming friendlies against Iceland and the Czech Republic.

Captain Christian Fuchs (knee) and midfielders Veli Kavlak and Martin Harnik (both shoulder) are recovering from surgery and missing from the 23-man squad announced Thursday by Koller.

The trio has been replaced by Salzburg players Andreas Ulmer and Stefan Ilsanker and Mainz midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger.

Rapid Vienna's Guido Burgstaller has been left out of the team in favor of Salzburg midfielder Valentino Lazaro, who received his first call up.

Austria plays Iceland in Innsbruck on May 30 and the Czech Republic in Olomouc four days later. All three teams failed to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.

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Austria:

Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Cottbus), Heinz Lindner (Austria Vienna), Ramazan Oezcan (Ingolstadt)

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kiev), Gyoergy Garics (Bologna), Martin Hinteregger (Salzburg), Florian Klein (Salzburg), Emanuel Pogatetz (Nuremberg), Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen), Markus Suttner (Austria Vienna), Andrea Ulmer (Salzburg)

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Stefan Ilsanker (Salzburg), Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Valentino Lazaro (Salzburg), Christoph Leitgeb (Salzburg), Marcel Sabitzer (Rapid Vienna)

Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Wacker Innsbruck), Marc Janko (Trabzonspor), Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)