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Austria to miss Alaba in World Cup qualifying


VIENNA (AP) -Austria will likely miss injured defensive midfielder David Alaba for both of its 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan this month.

The Bayern Munich player, recovering from breaking his foot in July, was left out of the 23-man squad announced by Austria coach Marcel Koller on Tuesday.

Alaba will not travel to Astana for the Oct. 12 match but Koller said he might consider adding the midfielder for the return game in Vienna four days later.

Koller made just one change to the team that lost its opening Group C game against Germany last month as Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann received his first call-up to replace Mattersburg striker Patrick Buerger.



Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Duesseldorf), Christian Gratzei (Sturm Graz), Heinz Lindner (Austria Vienna).

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Basel), Christian Fuchs (Schalke), Gyorgy Garics (Bologna), Florian Klein (Salzburg), Emanuel Pogatetz (Wolfsburg), Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen), Franz Schiemer (Salzburg), Markus Suttner (Austria Vienna).

Midfielders: Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Guido Burgstaller (Rapid Vienna), Andreas Ivanschitz (Mainz), Jakob Jantscher (Dinamo Moscow), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Veli Kavlak (Besiktas), Christoph Leitgeb (Salzburg), Yasin Pehlivan (Gaziantepspor).

Forwards: Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Marc Janko (Trabzonspor), Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

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