Sofia - Bulgaria goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov has been ruled
out of the team's Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway on Thursday because of a
The 27-year-old's absence will be a major blow for Bulgaria
as keeper Vladislav Stoyanov has also been ruled out of the team's qualifiers
this week because of a knee injury that will keep him sidelined for at least
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Bulgaria, who hope to keep alive their chances of reaching
the European Championship finals for the first time since 2004, host Norway in
Sofia and visit Italy in Palermo in another Group H qualifier on Sunday.
Coach Ivaylo Petev will not be able to use Valeri Bojinov in
the Norway clash as well after the striker failed to recover from an ankle
Bulgaria are fourth in the standings with eight points from
six matches, two points behind Norway at third.
Croatia are top on 14, followed by Italy on 12. The top two
qualify for the finals along with the best third-placed side.For
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