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.