National team: Franco Foda will have to do without Adrian Grbic against Scotland

ÖFB team boss will not only be missing 19 German legionnaires, but also French legionnaire Adrian Grbic at the start of the World Cup qualification in Glasgow.

11:02 p.m., March 17, 2021

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Adrian Grbic (2nd from left) has been convincing in his assignments for the ÖFB team so far. © GEPA pictures

Austria’s national team must go to World Cup qualification start on Thursday against Scotland not only on the Germany legionnaires, but also on Adrian Grbic dispense. As the French Football League (LFP) announced on Wednesday that the clubs in the first and second division will not make their players available for international matches outside the EU and the wider European Economic Area (EEA). So Grbic cannot follow suit Glasgow to travel.

In France, the Corona travel restrictions state that returnees from a non-EU / EEA country must be in quarantine for 14 days. This in turn eliminates loud FIFA– Requirements of the clubs’ obligation to park. The ÖFB had been optimistic in the past few days that they could obtain an exemption for Grbic. These hopes are now likely to have been dashed.

This means that Foda will most likely not be able to fall back on 20 players from his current 43-man squad against Scotland – all 19 nominated German legionnaires will also be missing. Grbic holds seven internationals and four goals, most recently he met in three ÖFB games in a row. There in Glasgow too Sasa Kalajdzic and Marko Arnautovic Can not be used due to travel restrictions, should probably Rapids Ercan Kara begin and make his debut with it.

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