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Austria captain Alaba misses out on Euro 2024

Austria defender David Alaba. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Austria’s captain David Alaba was the big name missing from the Euro 2024 squad announced Tuesday by coach Ralf Rangnick.

The Real Madrid centre-back has failed to recover in time from the ACL left knee injury he suffered with Real Madrid in December.

“It’s obviously a great pity he won’t be able to participate as a player. I’ve been chatting to him over these past few weeks and he says it’s his great wish to be around with us,” said Rangnick.

Rangnick must reduce his provisional squad of 29 players to 26 by June 7.

Austria open their Euro Group D campaign against France on June 17 in Dusseldorf, then face Poland in Berlin three days later followed by the Netherlands on June 25.

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