The players completed their obligatory performance tests at the Generali Arena on Monday at the start of preparation, which were conducted by Leistungssport Austria. Our newcomers Haris Tabakovic, James Holland and Christian Früchtl also took part, while Matan Baltaxa is still undergoing rehab due to an ankle injury. On Tuesday, head coach Manfred Schmid asks for the first team training. At the end of an intensive training week with eight sessions, Austria will play their first test match against SKN St Pölten on Saturday (25.6., 16:00 in Böheimkirchen).
The Violets pushed their physical limits during the lactate tests on the treadmill. The data will then be evaluated and interpreted with the expertise of Leistungssport Austria.
Some of the national players were not present at the start of training. Florian Wustinger and Leonardo Ivkic are currently with the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) at the European Under-19 Championship, Marvin Martins will not start preparation until 27 June due to his commitments for the senior team in Luxembourg. Marco Djuricin was absent due to illness. Also absent were Eric Martel and Noah Ohio, whose loan spells have expired, as well as departures Patrick Pentz, Vesel Demaku (Sturm Graz), Alex Grünwald and Markus Suttner (both career endings).
Coach Manfred Schmid: "We have all been recharging our batteries in the last few weeks and are happy that things are finally getting underway again. Our goals for the preparation are to quickly integrate the newcomers into our team and then continue to work on our game together. We also want to use the intensive training weeks to take another step forward physically, because we want to follow up on the super spring and make sure that the fans continue to enjoy watching us live. An intensive autumn season with many English weeks awaits us, and we want to be ready for that. The European Cup nights in the Generali Arena and the trips through Europe are a reward for our great last season."
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