Citing an injury, attacker Agim Ibraimi has withdrawn from the national team for the friendly against Azerbaijan.
Interim manager Boban Babunski held a press conference today and made that announcement that Agim Ibraimi has withdrawn from the national team due to an injury and will not make the trip to Baku. Babunski said defender Igor Mitreski, as long as he recovers from an injury, will take Ibraimi’s spot on the team. However, Mitreski, who plays his club football in Azerbaijan, already announced to the media over there that he will be unable to recover from his injury in time for the game on 10 August 2011. That means Macedonia will go to Baku with only 17 players as Babunski said visa liberalization problems and the short time notice will not allow him to call up any more players. Ibraimi becomes the second player to withdraw because of an injury joining Aleksandar Lazevski from Partizan.
Speaking about the team, Babunski noted that the team features several players from the U21 team who are seriously waiting on the doors of the senior national team and feels this experience will help the players and the national team. The four players that showed up the earliest today were Vlatko Grozdanoski, Velice Sumulikoski, Stefan Ristovski, and Stefan Spirovski. There will be a training conducted later today and the team will then travel to Baku tomorrow through Vienna. There will be two trainings for the national team once they arrive in Azerbaijan. Macedonia last played Azerbaijan in a friendly last summer and Macedonia recorded a 3:1 victory.