Austria missing 3 regulars for Latvia friendly

Austria captain Marc Janko and regulars Emanuel Pogatetz and

Paul Scharner have been ruled out of the friendly match against

Latvia on Tuesday.

The Austrian football federation said Saturday that defender

Pogatetz hurt a thigh muscle during Friday’s European Championship

qualifier against Germany, which Austria lost 2-1.

Striker Janko, who came on as a substitute in the closing

minutes of the Germany game, had not fully recovered from a series

of minor injuries, while midfielder Scharner will be rested after a

long season with West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier


Coach Dietmar Constantini called up the captain of Austria’s

under-21 team, defender Christopher Dibon, as a replacement.