Austria without 5 regulars in Euro qualifiers

BY foxsports • October 3, 2011

Austria's interim coach Willi Ruttensteiner must cope without five regular starters because of injuries for the 2012 European Championship qualifiers against Azerbaijan on Friday and Kazakhstan four days later.

The Austrian football federation said Monday that defender Franz Schiemer damaged a thigh muscle and midfielder Jakob Jantscher picked up a knee injury during a domestic league game with their club Red Bull Salzburg on Sunday.

Martin Harnik, Emanuel Pogatetz and goalkeeper Juergen Macho had already been ruled out.

Ruttensteiner called up Vali Kavlak, Stefan Kulovits and debutant Georg Margreitter to the squad as replacements.

Austria is fourth in qualifying Group A and can no longer reach next year's finals in Poland and Ukraine.

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