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Bojinov returns for Bulgaria's WCup qualifiers

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SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP)

Valeri Bojinov will return to Bulgaria's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and the Czech Republic.

Bulgaria coach Lyuboslav Penev chose Bojinov, who recently joined Italian club Verona, to beef up an attack weakened by the absence of Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov and Bolton winger Martin Petrov.

The team is also without Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, who is still fighting acute leukemia, for the matches against Denmark on Oct. 12 in Sofia and the Czech Republic four days later in Prague.

Following a good start in the qualifying campaign, drawing 2-2 at home with Italy and defeating Armenia 1-0, Bulgaria is second in Group B with four points, even with the Italians.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Nikolay Mihaylov (FC Twente), Stoyan Kolev (Tchernomorets), Vladislav Stoyanov (Sherif Tiraspol)

Defenders: Ivan Ivanov (Partizan Belgrade), Alexander Alexandrov (Cherno More), Veselin Minev (Antaliaspor), Yordan Minev (Ludogorets), Nikolay Bodurov (Litex), Petar Zanev (Volyn Lutsk), Ilia Milanov (Litex)

Midfielders: Stanislav Manolev (PSV Eindhoven), Svetoslav Dyakov (Ludogorets), Georgi Sarmov (Kasimpasa), Vladimir Gadzhev (Levski Sofia), Georgi Milanov (Litex), Stefan Velev (Beroe), Hristo Zlatinski (Lokomotiv Plovdiv), Georgi Iliev (Cherno More)

Forwards: Alexander Tonev (Lech Poznan), Emil Gargorov (Ludogorets), Ivelin Popov (Kuban Krasnodar), Ivan Stoyanov (Ludogorets), Iliyan Mitsanski (Kaiserslautern), Dimitar Rangelov (Luzern), Valeri Bojinov (Verona)

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