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Injuries trouble Bulgaria ahead of Japan clash

Bulgaria coach Radostin Stoychev is watching his players closely
Varna, Bulagria, June 2, 2011 – Following a tough opening weekend when Bulgaria split their matches against Germany, coach Radostin Stoychev has another challenge to face with three of his main players suffering from injury. Teodor Todorov, Matey Kaziyski and Tsvetan Sokolov have all been preparing lightly for this weekend’s two matches against Japan in Varna on Saturday and Sunday while middle blocker Viktor Yosifov will be under medical surveillance.

"We will be with a different face against Japan this weekend,” Stoychev said. “Some injuries may be healed but we will have to be cautious. Anyway if playing well against Germany counted, against Japan I will ask for nothing else than victory from my players."

Although world No. 7 Bulgaria start as favourites against world No. 14 Japan having lost only two of 12 World League matches between the two countries, Stoychev warned that Japan’s fast setting, explosive wing spiking and very smooth defence could trouble Bulgaria.

Japan has already been in Varna since Tuesday coming off two defeats at the hands of Russia and are preparing to face a full gymnasium of Bulgarian volleyball fans whilst hoping to improve on their one-set win against the world No. 2. 


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