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Georgia two stars down for big ties

Captain Kakha Kaladze and midfielder Levan Kobiashvili are two notable absentees from the Georgia squad to take on Italy and Scotland on 13 and 17 October.

Captain Kakha Kaladze and midfielder Levan Kobiashvili are two notable absentees from the Georgia squad to take on Italy and Scotland on 13 and 17 October.

Injured stars
Klaus Toppmöller has been forced to do without AC Milan defender Kaladze and FC Schalke 04's Kobiashvili with both nursing injury, but Blackburn Rovers FC defender Zurab Khizanishvili is available again after serving a suspension. Georgia lie sixth in Group B with seven points after nine matches. They travel to face Italy on 13 October before playing host to Scotland four days later.
 
Georgia squad
Goalkeepers:
Georgi Lomaia (no club), Revaz Tevdoradze (FC Merani Tbilisi), Georgi Makaridze (FC Dinamo Tbilisi).
 
Defenders: Ilia Kandelaki (FC Carl Zeiss Jena), Georgi Shashiashvili (SK Sturm Graz), Zurab Khizanishvili (Blackburn Rovers FC), Lasha Salukvadze (FC Rubin Kazan), Mate Ghvinianidze (TSV 1860 München), Malkhaz Asatiani (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Aleksandr Kvakhadze (FC WIT Georgia).
 
Midfielders: David Mujiri (FC Krylya Sovetov Samara), Levan Tskitishvili (no club), Levan Kenia (FC Schalke 04), Jaba Kankava (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Zurab Menteshashvili (FK Ventspils), David Kvirkvelia (FC Metalurh Zaporizhya), Grigol Dolidze (FC Ameri Tbilisi), David Bolkvadze (FC Ameri Tbilisi).
 
Forwards: David Siradze (SC Paderborn 07), Lasha Jakobia (FC Metalist Kharkiv), Dmitri Tatanashvili (FC Ameri Tbilisi), Georgi Demetradze (FC Arsenal Kyiv), Levan Mchedlidze (Empoli FC).