Todorov out of Bulgaria's opening Euro qualifiers

September 1, 2006

SOFIA, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Striker Svetoslav Todorov has pulled out of Bulgaria's squad for their Euro 2008 qualifiers against Romania and Slovenia because of a leg injury.

The 28-year-old, who joined English Premier League Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan deal from Portsmouth just before the transfer window deadline on Thursday night, complained about the problem when he joined the Bulgarian squad on Tuesday.

'Todorov's leg is not in good condition,' a team doctor said.

'He has played in the last three Portsmouth matches with a slight injury and it became worse during the last couple of days.'

Todorov, who scored 31 goals in 78 matches for Portsmouth, will miss Bulgaria's visit to Romania on Saturday and the home match against Slovenia four days later.

'The doctors have told me it's better not to make any risk,' said Todorov. 'I feel really sorry because I won't be able to help my team mates for these important matches.'

Bulgaria coach Hristo Stoichkov has called up Levski Sofia defender Zhivko Milanov to replace Todorov in the squad.