Levski Sofia striker Angelov out of Barca match

November 21, 2006

SOFIA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Levski Sofia striker Emil Angelov will miss Wednesday's Champions League Group A match against Barcelona because of a thigh injury.

The 26-year-old, who scored twice in the four qualifying matches Levski played, was expected to make the squad but coach Stanimir Stoilov left him out because he was not fully recovered.

'His injury is serious and he won't be able to take any part in the Barcelona match,' Stoilov told reporters.

Stoilov has Bulgaria under-21 international Valeri Domovchiyski, experienced striker Georgi Ivanov and the versatile Hristo Yovov all available after recovering from injuries.

The Champions League debutants have only an outside chance of finishing third in the group, which will assure them a place in the UEFA Cup, after four successive defeats.

English champions Chelsea top the group with 10 points from four matches, Germany's Werder Bremen are second on seven, champions Barcelona have five and Levski are last with none.

'We know we'll be playing against the best team in Europe but we'll be attacking and we hope to collect points,' said Stoilov.

'This match will be like a final for Barca but it'll be like a final for us too because it'll be our last performance in front of our supporters.'

Stoilov has a slight concern over the stamina of international midfielder Dimitar Telkiyski.

'He is still feeling some muscle pain and we'll decide on his involvement in the match tomorrow,' said Stoilov, who has Stanislav Angelov as a fallback.