Marko Arnautovic has to miss Austria’s friendly against England on Wednesday due to a thigh muscle tear

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Marko Arnautovic must miss Austria’s friendly against England on Wednesday after former West Ham star sustained a thigh muscle while playing for Shanghai port

Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic will miss his country’s European Championship warm-up international against England on Wednesday because he is battling an injury, the Austrian team said on Sunday.

The 32-year-old striker, looking for his first return to England since leaving West Ham United two years ago, suffered a crack in the right thigh earlier in May while playing for Shanghai Port in the Chinese league.

“We take his muscle injury seriously and are on the right track,” team doctor Michael Fiedler told reporters on Sunday. “But we will certainly skip the England game and not risk injuries.”

Austria star Marko Arnautovic will be absent for the friendly against England in Middlesbrough

Austria will face England in the first of their two warm-up matches in Middlesbrough, before taking on Slovakia next Sunday in Vienna where Arnautovic will be deployed, coach Franco Foda added.

Fellow striker Karim Onisiwo could also miss against England after leaving Sunday’s training session with knee pain, while Stefan Ilsanker missed the session due to illness.

Striker Karim Onisiwo could also miss the match against England due to a knee problem

Striker Karim Onisiwo could also miss the match against England due to a knee problem

Austrian captain Julian Baumgartlinger (left) is back in training after recovering from an injury

Austrian captain Julian Baumgartlinger (left) is back in training after recovering from an injury

But Austrian captain Julian Baumgartlinger was training again. He scared the team on Saturday when he appeared to have re-injured the knee that required surgery at the start of the year, which has put him aside for the past five months.

Austria will open its Euro 2020 campaign against North Macedonia in Bucharest on 13 June.

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