VIENNA (AP) — Austria will be without four injured regulars for the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Georgia next month.
Goalkeeper Robert Almer and midfielders Zlatko Junuzovic, Valentino Lazaro and Alessandro Schoepf were all missing from the 23-man squad announced by coach Marcel Koller on Tuesday.
Also, Florian Grillitsch and Guido Burgstaller still had to get fit in time for the Wales game.
VIENNA (AP) — Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer needs surgery on his injured right knee for a third time, ruling him out of the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Georgia in September.
Almer's club, Austria Vienna, says the 'keeper will have the operation in a clinic in Germany on Wednesday, forcing him to postpone his comeback indefinitely.
VIENNA (AP) — Austria striker Marc Janko will miss Sunday's World Cup qualifier in Ireland because of tonsillitis.
The Austrian football federation says coach Marcel Koller has called up Graz forward Deni Alar as a replacement.
Janko, who signed a two-year contract with Sparta Prague on Tuesday, is the national team's top scorer with 28 goals in 63 games.
VIENNA (AP) — Austria goalkeeper Ramazan Oezcan is retiring from the national team for personal reasons after nine years.
The 32-year-old Leverkusen player says "it's time for me to step back and direct my attention to my family."
He had been expected to play in next week's World Cup qualifier against Moldova because Austria coach Marcel Koller's first-choice keeper, Robert Almer, is still recovering from a torn ACL. Koller will announce a replacement on Tuesday.