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David Alaba declines Austria call-up

The Austrian decides against international football this summer.

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David Alaba suffered two devastating knee injuries for Bayern Munich during the 2014-15 season. The first, in the fall, was a torn MCL in his right knee. Then, in the spring, he tore the MCL in his left knee. Luckily, he's going to be forgoing international football this summer to focus on his rehabilitation and recovery.

In a joint statement with Austria manager Marcel Koller, Alaba explained his decision. "The game against Russia comes just a little too early for me," the 22 year old said. While Koller obviously wanted to keep his most talented player, he understands Alaba's recovery process. "His current state of recovery and our responsibility towards David have ultimately led to us agreeing that this is the best solution for him."

Austria's next match in Euro 2016 qualifying is a match away to Russia. They currently sit at the top of Group G with 13 points, while Sweden are in second with 9 points and Russia are in third with 8 points.

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