Austria are set to face Scotland with a full-strength squad this week, with Bundesliga stars like David Alaba and Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann available for selection.
Manager Franco Foda was worried that he would be without almost all of his top players for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier due to Covid-19 restrictions in Germany. But the nation has now lowered its UK risk level – meaning the likes of FC Bayern Munich star Alaba and Marcel Sabitzer are available, along with new Watford number one and former Kilmarnock goalkeeper Bachmann.
Foda had initially named a 43-man squad in case of any players dropping out of his squad as discussions continued between UEFA, FIFA and the German authorities. All Bundesliga clubs have now agreed to release their players for Austria’s matches this month, including Thursday’s World Cup 2022 qualifying opener with Scotland.
Austria boss Foda said: “It has been shown again that the framework conditions can change hourly in the current situation.
“We have to be flexible in all areas. We have already proven in the past that we can do this.
— ÖFB – oefb.at (@oefb1904) March 21, 2021
“Unfortunately, I had to cancel some of the players who were really looking forward to this course.
“That’s why it was very important to me to have a personal conversation with every single player.
“Everyone is an important part of our team and I know that I can count on everyone.
“Our big goal is the 2022 World Cup, which we all have to work on together. After the turbulent week, we now want to focus on the athletic preparation.”
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