March 20, 2019 / 9:09 AM / a month ago

Bulgaria winger Despodov to miss start of Euro qualifiers

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League C - Group 3 - Slovenia v Bulgaria - Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia - September 6, 2018 Bulgaria's Kiril Despodov before the match REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic

SOFIA (Reuters) - Winger Kiril Despodov will miss Bulgaria’s first Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Friday against Montengero due to muscle fatigue, the Bulgarian Football Union said on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old, who joined Serie A team Cagliari from CSKA Sofia in January, has also been ruled out of Bulgaria’s visit to Kosovo on Monday.

Bulgaria coach Petar Hubchev has decided not to call up another player to replace Despodov, who was voted Bulgaria’s 2018 player of the year.

England and Czech Republic are the other two teams in Group A.

Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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