CELTIC`S PETROV BACK TO BULGARIAN NATIONAL TEAM
August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00|
Bulgarian coach Stoicho Mladenov included Celtic`s Stilian Petrov, who has recovered from a broken leg, when he named 13 foreign-based players on Friday for World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Denmark next month. `His condition is very good, he has played in two friendlies and was on the pitch for 90 minutes in the second,` Mladenov told reporters. `I will estimate his condition at the training camp before our matches against Malta and Denmark. If it is good, 100 percent he will play,` he said. Petrov, 22, suffered a double fracture of his right leg during a Scottish premier league game against St Johnstone in March, an injury which was originally feared could keep him out for nine months. Mladenov will complete his squad with home-based players, due to be named at the end of the month, for the matches away to Malta on September 1 and at home to Denmark five days later. Marian Hristov of Kaiserslautern and Radostin Kishishev of Charlton Athletic are out with injuries. Bulgaria are third in European group three with 14 points from seven games, one less than leaders Denmark and behind the Czech Republic on goal difference. Foreign-based members of squad: Goalkeeper: Zdravko Zdravkov (Istanbulspor) Defenders: Predrag Pazhin (Kocaelispor), Krassimir Chomakov (Lecce), Ivailo Petkov (Istanbulspor) Midfielders: Krassimir Balakov (Stuttgart), Georgi Peev (Dinamo Kiev), Stilian Petrov (Celtic), Milen Petkov (AEK Athens), Stoicho Stoilov (Nuremberg), Alexander Alexandrov (Kocaelispor) Forwards: Svetoslav Todorov (West Ham United), Martin Petrov (Wolfsburg), Dimitar Berbatov (Bayer Leverkusen)
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