CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, November 18, 2011
The Black and Whites return from the international break to make a push in the final three games before the Austrian long winter break against the Erste Liga's poorest team.
American defender Shawn Barry can expect to feature in Linz coach Walter Schachner's starting eleven, a squad now plagued by disciplinary absences.
If the absence of Florian Metz, Florian Templ, Lukas Kragl, Ali Hamdi and Gernot Trauner was not damaging enough, Schachner must also field an eleven at the Reichshofstadion in the far west of Austria without three more starters due to yellow and red cards
Johannes Aigner and Florian Hart will miss out after picking up a fifth yellow in the last outing two weeks ago, a 1-1 stalemate at WAC/St. Andrä, joining Ulrich Winkler still serving a red card suspension.
In third and only five points out of the top spot, Linz need nothing short of a win to maintain pressure on SCR Altach and WAC/St. Andrä.
Following their 2-2 draw with cellar comrades TSV Hartberg two Fridays ago, last place FC Lustenau are trying to save face this season with anything better than relegation. Coach Damir Canadi will have to field a convincing eleven without striker Christoph Freitag, who picked up two yellows in their last game.