Austria coach Karel Bruckner left Wigan defender Paul Scharner out of his provisional 19-man squad for September's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers against France and Lithuania. Bruckner said Scharner could still earn a late call-up if he plays for his club this weekend.
Following a falling out with former Austria coach Josef Hickersberger, Scharner ended two years of international exile earlier this month when he was selected for Bruckner's first game in charge, a 2-2 friendly draw with world champions Italy.
Scharner has subsequently struggled with an ankle injury, but Bruckner said he expected to call up three extra players to the squad named on Thursday once he had assessed the weekend's action.
Helsingborg striker Roman Kienast was the only fit player from the draw with Italy to be omitted from Brueckner's latest squad, with goalkeeper Jurgen Macho and midfielder Rene Aufhauser both making returns after shaking off injuries.
Austria are due to face France in Vienna on Sept. 6 before travelling to play Lithuania four days later. Their other FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 7 opponents are Romania, Serbia and the Faroe Islands.
Goalkeepers: Jurgen Macho (AEK Athens), Ramazan Ozcan (Hoffenheim), Alex Manninger (Juventus)
Defenders: Gyorgy Garics (Atalanta), Ronald Gercaliu (Salzburg), Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough), Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen), Martin Stranzl (Spartak Moscow)
Midfielders: Rene Aufhauser (Salzburg), Christian Fuchs (Bochum), Martin Harnik (Werder Bremen), Andreas Ivanschitz (Panathinaikos), Christoph Leitgeb (Salzburg), Jurgen Saumel (Torino), Joachim Standfest (Austria Vienna)
Forwards: Erwin Hoffer (Rapid Vienna), Marc Janko (Salzburg), Roland Linz (Braga), Stefan Maierhofer (Rapid Vienna).