Thursday (8:45 p.m.) is all or nothing. If the Austrian national football team succeeds in beating Wales, there is a good chance of participating in the World Cup. But team boss Franco Foda has to complain about a few failures. Florian Grillitsch, Philipp Lienhart, Christopher Trimmel and Dejan Ljubicic will definitely not be available for the game in Wales. As the ÖFB announced on Sunday, four additional nominations have now been made. The midfielders Stefan Ilsanker and Alessandro Schöpf, who have recently been called up regularly, join the team, as do central defender Kevin Danso and attacker Andreas Weimann.
Florian Grillitsch was not in Hoffenheim’s squad for the game against Hertha BSC (0: 3) yesterday due to a corona infection. According to their clubs, Lienhart (SC Freiburg) and Trimmel (Union Berlin) have recently given positive corona tests and are now in quarantine. According to the club, midfielder Ljubicic will be absent from 1. FC Köln in the league game against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday but is also ill.
In any case, ÖFB President Gerhard Milletich was confident in a conversation with the APA – Austria Press Agency before the game: “I am convinced that we will win the game in Wales. I’m very confident,” said Milletich. Foda’s contract initially runs until March 31. Should promotion succeed in Cardiff and Austria reach the play-off final at home against Scotland or Ukraine, which has been postponed to June, the German would automatically be tied longer. “As long as we have the chance, the contract is valid,” explained Milletich. Exactly when the decisive game for the World Cup ticket will rise is still open due to the Ukraine war. In June, however, four ÖFB games in the Nations League are already scheduled.