Margairaz gets first Switzerland call since 2008

Switzerland midfielder Xavier Margairaz has received his first
call-up to the national team in more than two years for Wednesday’s
friendly against Austria.

Margairaz was sidelined by a serious knee injury soon after
making his 16th international appearance in a 2-1 defeat by England
at Wembley in Feb. 2008.

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld selected the 26-year-old Zurich player
Sunday after Parma midfielder Blerim Dzemaili withdrew citing a
foot injury.

Since announcing a 19-man squad last week, Hitzfeld has also
called up Sampdoria’s Marco Padalino and Mario Eggimann of Hannover
to replace injured pair Tranquillo Barnetta of Bayer Leverkusen and
Fulham’s Philippe Senderos.

Switzerland travels to play Austria in Klagenfurt.