Todorov misses out again
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Svetoslav Todorov has been forced to pull out of Bulgaria's squad.
Svetoslav Todorov has been forced to pull out of Bulgaria's squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Holland and Luxembourg.
The striker, on loan at Wigan Athletic from Portsmouth, is suffering from a muscle strain and will miss the double-header.
Todorov was also unable to play in last month's game against Romania due to a leg injury, but he will not be replaced in Hristo Stoichkov's squad.
Bulgaria will also be without Litex Lovech defender Rosen Kirilov, who picked up an injury a fortnight ago.
A third player absent for Bulgaria is Blagoi Georgiev after the Crvena Zvezda midfielder strained a thigh muscle in the Uefa Cup tie with Slovan Liberec.
Georgiev said: "It happened midway through the first half. I set off on a sprint and suddenly felt a sharp pain in my thigh.
"It's hard to accept that I'm going to miss the Netherlands match. It's one of our most important matches and I was looking forward to playing in it."
Stoichkov had originally named a 23-man squad for the fixtures, but has opted not to call up any replacements for Todorov, Kirilov or Georgiev.
Bulgaria squad: Georgi Petkov (Levski Sofia), Dimitar Ivankov (Kayserispor); Elin Topuzakov, Stansilav Angelov, Lucio Vagner (Levski Sofia), Alexander Tunchev, Valentin Iliev (CSKA Sofia), Ivailo Petkov (Ankaragucu); Stilian Petrov (Aston Villa), Radostin Kishishev (Charlton Athletic), Georgi Peev (Dynamo Kiev), Zdravko Lazarov (Erciyesspor), Chavdar Yankov (Hannover), Iordan Todorov (CSKA Sofia), Dimitar Telkiyski (Levski Sofia); Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur), Martin Petrov (Atletico Madrid), Valeri Bojinov (Juventus), Zoran Yankovic (Dalian Shide), Hristo Yovov (Levski Sofia)