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Austria's Pogatetz to miss Euro 2012 qualifiers

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VIENNA (AP)

Austria defender Emanuel Pogatetz will miss the 2012 European Championship qualifying matches against Azerbaijan and Belgium with a left hip injury.

The Austrian football federation said Saturday that Pogatetz - the squad's most-capped player with 39 appearances - has been ruled out for three weeks after tearing a muscle while playing for Hannover against St. Pauli on Friday.

Austria coach Dietmar Constantini did not immediately call up a replacement.

Austria plays Azerbaijan in Vienna on Friday before taking on Belgium in Brussels four days later in Group A, which also includes Germany, Turkey and Kazakhstan.

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