Cottbus crocked ahead of crunch Stuttgart clash

BERLIN - Relegation-threatened Energie Cottbus will be without five key players when they travel to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday in the penultimate match of the season, the club said on Friday.

Cottbus, in 17th place ahead of only Karlsruhe with two matches left, will be without strikers Dimitar Rangelov and Branko Jelic, midfielder Ivica Iliev and defenders Ovidiu Burca and Savo Pavicevic.

Another five players with minor injuries, including midfielder Stanislav Angelov, will play, it said on its website.