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Macho back for Nigeria friendly

Jurgen Macho
Jurgen Macho has not played for his country since November

Austrian goalkeeper Jurgen Macho will play his first game for his country since suffering concussion against England last November.

Macho swallowed his tongue and was knocked unconscious after colliding with Peter Crouch in a game that England won 1-0 on Vienna.

The AEK Athens keeper will take his place in Austria's side for a friendly against Nigeria.

"This is another chance to prove myself," Macho said.

I want to be our number one 'keeper, but I am not putting pressure on myself

Jurgen Macho

He added: "I want to be our number one 'keeper, but I am not putting pressure on myself and I will act like I always do."

Austria will also play Malta on Friday in their final warm-up match before taking on Croatia on 8 June.

Macho, who has played 13 games for Austria, is up against Rapid Vienna's Helge Payer and Siena's Alexander Manninger for a place in their Euro 2008 side.

Austria are co-hosting the 7-29 June European Championship with Switzerland, and is in Group B with Croatia, Poland and Germany.




see also
Austria team guide
15 May 08 |  Austria
Pick your Austria XI
16 May 08 |  Austria
Austria 0-1 England
16 Nov 07 |  Internationals


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