Pogatetz returns to Austria squad

BY foxsports • February 24, 2010

Austria captain Emanuel Pogatetz will return to the national side for next week's friendly against Denmark after 11 months out due to injury.

The Middlesbrough defender has been included in the 23-man squad announced Wednesday by coach Dietmar Constantini.

Four regulars were missing from the squad - defenders Gyorgy Garics and Sebastian Proedl, and strikers Erwin Hoffer and Stefan Maierhofer - while Wiener Neustadt midfielders Mario Reiter and Patrick Wolf got their first call-up.

Austria plays World Cup contender Denmark in Vienna on March 3.


Austria squad:

Goalkeepers: Christian Gratzei (Sturm Graz), Jurgen Macho (LASK), Helge Payer (Rapid Vienna).

Defenders: Ekrem Dag (Besiktas), Aleksandar Dragovic (Austria Vienna), Christian Fuchs (Bochum), Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough), Paul Scharner (Wigan Athletic), Franz Schiemer (Red Bull Salzburg).

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Julian Baumgartlinger (Austria Vienna), Christopher Drazan (Rapid Vienna), Andreas Hoelzl (Sturm Graz), Jakob Jantscher (Sturm Graz), Veli Kavlak (Rapid Vienna), Christoph Leitgeb (Red Bull Salzburg), Mario Reiter (Wiener Neustadt), Christopher Trimmel (Rapid Vienna), Andreas Ulmer (Red Bull Salzburg), Patrick Wolf (Wiener Neustadt).

Forwards: Daniel Beichler (Sturm Graz), Marc Janko (Red Bull Salzburg), Roman Wallner (Red Bull Salzburg).

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