Harnik back in Austria squad for WCup qualifiers

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Striker Martin Harnik will return to the Austria team for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Faeroe Islands and Ireland.

Harnik, who was out injured for the team's 2-1 friendly defeat to Wales in February, has been included in the 23-man squad announced by Austria coach Marcel Koller on Tuesday.

In his only change to the squad, Koller dropped Rapid Vienna midfielder Marcel Sabitzer in favor of the Stuttgart striker, who has eight goals from 34 international games.

Austria, which plays Faeroe Islands in Vienna on March 22 and Ireland in Dublin four days later, has four points from three matches in Group C, which also includes Germany, Sweden and Kazakhstan.


Austria Squad:

Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Duesseldorf), Lukas Koenigshofer (Rapid Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Austria Vienna).

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Basel), Christian Fuchs (Schalke), Gyoergy Garics (Bologna), Florian Klein (Salzburg), Emanuel Pogatetz (West Ham United), Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen), Franz Schiemer (Salzburg), Markus Suttner (Austria Wien).

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Andreas Ivanschitz (Mainz), Jakob Jantscher (Dynamo Moscow), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Veli Kavlak (Besiktas), Christoph Leitgeb (Salzburg).

Forwards: Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Philipp Hosiner (Austria Vienna), Marc Janko (Trabzonspor), Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

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