Latvia continue to face injury problems ahead of the home qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey. Having earlier lost three key players in goalkeeper Andris Vaņins and midfielders Oļegs Laizans and Artis Lazdiņš, coach Marians Pahars will also have to cope without PFC CSKA Moskva midfielder Aleksandrs Cauņa and VVV-Venlo full-back Vitalijs Maksimenko.
FK Ventspils defender Antons Kurakins and Skonto FC midfielder Viktors Morozs were called up as replacements. The 34-year-old Morozs won his last cap in March 2007.
Latvia coach Marians Pahars is yet to announce his full squad for October's home qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey, but there will be at least one unexpected name in the list. MKS Cracovia Kraków striker Deniss Rakeļs (left) is to return to the national team after being excluded from Under-21 squad by Dainis Kazakevičs last November for disciplinary reasons. Pahars has not selected the 22-year-old since, but has changed his mind following Rakeļs' two goals in six Polish league appearances this season. Meanwhile Rakeļs, who has three senior caps, is eager to prove his worth and help Latvia get some goals.
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