Harnik back in Austria squad for WCup qualifiers

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).