Tunchev out of Bulgaria qualifiers

SOFIA - Central defender Alexander Tunchev will miss Bulgaria's World Cup qualifiers against Cyprus and Georgia next month with a knee injury, the Bulgarian Football Union said on Monday.

Leicester City's Tunchev, 28, sustained the injury during his club's 2-1 defeat to Preston North End in the English Championship on Saturday.

Bulgaria must win to keep alive their slim chances of the runners-up spot in Group Eight. Italy top the standings with 20 points from eight matches, followed by Ireland on 16. Bulgaria are third with 11 points.