Scharner in Austria squad

Scharner hopes to shrug off an ankle injury in time for qualifier

Scharner: Hopeful

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Wigan defender Paul Scharner will look to shrug off an ankle injury to be fit in time for Austria's World Cup qualifier against France on Saturday.

The powerful centre-back has been added to Austria's squad for the international fixtures against France and Lithuania despite missing Wigan's Premier League match against Hull.

Scharner was called up Sunday by Austria coach Karel Bruckner, who left him out of the preliminary squad announced earlier this week.

The 28-year-old defender, who has made 16 appearances for Austria, will hope to make just his second international appearance in as many years after controversially quitting the team in 2006 following a spat with coach Josef Hickersberger.

Scharner, who has not played since Austria's last international friendly against Italy two weeks ago, is confident he will be fully recovered in time for the start of their World Cup campaign in Vienna on Saturday, the Austrian football federation said in a statement.

Bruckner is expected to add one or two more players to his 20-man squad.

Austria are in World Cup qualifying Group Seven, which also includes Romania, Serbia and the Faroe Islands.