Vladislav Stoyanov has been ruled out of Bulgaria's Group H encounter with Norway in Sofia on Thursday. The Ludogorets Razgrad goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in training on Monday and is scheduled to undergo further tests. Beroe Stara Zagora's Blagoy Makendzhiev has been called up as his replacement, while Konyaspor forward Dimitar Rangelov has taken the place of Partizan striker Valeri Bozhinov.
Aleksandar Kolev's early-season form for Botev Plovdiv has earned him a place in the Bulgaria squad for the first time. The 22-year-old striker has scored two goals in six A PFG appearances this term, impressing national team coach Ivaylo Petev in the process. One forward missing out, however, is Partizan's Valeri Bozhinov (pictured), who has an ankle injury. Bulgaria, fourth in qualifying Group H, host Norway on Thursday and face Italy on Sunday.
Goalkeepers: Vladislav Stoyanov (Ludogorets Razgrad), Nikolay Mihaylov (Mersin), Bozhidar Mitrev (Sheriff Tiraspol).
Defenders: Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham), Georgi Terziev (Ludogorets Razgrad), Alexander Alexandrov (Ludogorets Razgrad), Ivo Ivanov (Beroe Stara Zagora), Ivan Bandalovski (Partizan), Yordan Minev (Ludogorets Razgrad), Veselin Minev (Levski Sofia).
Midfielders: Svetoslav Dyakov (Ludogorers Razgrad), Simeon Slavchev (Apollon Limassol), Ivaylo Chochev (Palermo), Stanislav Manolev (Kuban Krasnodar), Hristo Zlatinsi (Universitatea Craiova), Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moskva), Todor Nedelev (Mainz), Alexander Tonev (Frosinone).
Forwards: Ivelin Popov (Spartak Moskva), Ventsislav Hristov (Skënderbeu), Iliyan Mitsanski (Suwon Bluewings), Aleksandar Kolev (Botev Plovdiv).
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