Bad news: Arnautovic is absent from the Linz international match

Bad news: Arnautovic is absent from the Linz international match
The ÖFB record player is not there
Image: Photo: AFP/Poujoulat

Instead of the trio, Romano Schmid and, for the first time, defender Flavius ​​Daniliuc were nominated. The ÖFB announced this on Monday. Windischgarsten. Rangnick now has three goalkeepers – instead of Alexander Schlager, who was ill, he called Patrick Pentz on Sunday – and 21 field players in his squad, which met in Windischgarsten on Monday. It is unclear whether captain David Alaba will play in the games in Linz on Friday against Azerbaijan and on the following Monday against Estonia (8:45 p.m. each time). The Real Madrid professional has not completed team training for a month due to a thigh injury, but definitely wanted to travel to the ÖFB team.

Arnautovic, on the other hand, is definitely out for the opening double. Rangnick had expressed his confidence in the striker last week despite his reserve role at Bologna as a result of an injury break and called him into the squad. After muscular problems in the hip area, Arnautovic caught it on the right foot in Bologna’s league game in Salerno (2-2) on Saturday. The 33-year-old could be seen on crutches for a short time, and according to Italian media reports, an MRI scan in Vienna ruled out at least a fracture.

According to the newspaper “Corriere dello Sport”, the injury is said to be in the forefoot area. The local newspaper “Il Resto del Carlino” from Bologna reported on a problem in the foot muscles. The ÖFB did not want to comment officially on Monday. Further appearances are for the 106-time international, with 34 international goals behind Toni Polster (44) on par with Hans Krankl number two in Austria’s best list, but impossible for the time being.

Freiburg defender Lienhart has been plagued by muscular problems for two weeks. Rangnick’s hopes of a timely recovery were not fulfilled. If Alaba cannot play either, Lens legionnaire Kevin Danso and Feyenoord Rotterdam’s Gernot Trauner should have the best cards in the ÖFB central defense. Rangnick announced last week that Stefan Posch (Bologna) and Maximilian Wöber (Leeds United), who can also be used in the center of defence, are on the flanks.

A new addition is Daniliuc, who can recommend himself at the team camp in Windischgarsten. The 21-year-old Viennese has gone through all ÖFB youth selections, in the summer the central defender switched from OGC Nice to Italian Serie A to US Salernitana for a reported five million euros. The former ÖFB-U21 captain, who also trained with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in his youth after Rapid, is a regular in Salerno. Now the 1.88 m man with Romanian roots could make his international debut.

Honsak would have been looking forward to something like this. The offensive man from the German second division leaders Darmstadt 98 had been called up for the first time since the turn of the year after six competitive goals, but adductor problems thwarted the 25-year-old’s plans. Werder-Bremen legionnaire Schmid, who was fit in time after an illness, moved up from the call list. In the last international match in November in Vienna against Italy (2-0), the midfielder recorded a short appearance, his third in the ÖFB team.

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