Stoilov bolsters bereft Bulgaria back-line

SOFIA - Uncapped Ivan Bandalovski and fellow defender Mihail Venkov have been called up to the injury-hit Bulgarian squad for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.

Five players from coach Stanimir Stoilov's initial squad have already dropped out due to injuries.

Bulgaria saw their chances of reaching next year's finals in South Africa fade when they were beaten 4-1 by Cyprus on Saturday.