COWDENBEATH will have to climb Ladbrokes League 2 without the services of Bulgarian talisman Nikolay Todorov. 

Todorov and frontman Aaron Murrell's loan spells with Cowdenbeath FC have ended and they have returned to their parent clubs - Hearts and Dundee United respectively.

Todorov made 20 appearances for the Blue Brazil, most of them as a central defender, although he arrived as a striker.

His 100 per cent approach made him popular with the fans and he will be a loss as the club battles to re-establish itself in the division.

Murrell did not start a game for the Blues and found it hard to force his way into the team with Kris Renton, Craig Johnston,Cammy Muirhead and Gary Glen playing regularly.

Director David Allan said: "We thank them both for their efforts in a Blue Brazil jersey - with particular thanks to Nikolay who was ready and willing to assist us in an unfamiliar centre-back role for part of his stay".  

Meanwhile midfielder Chris Turner’s contract has been cancelled by mutual agreement with immediate effect.

He proved to be a real disappointment, having come to Cowdenbeath with a good reputation from his days with Dumbarton.

Their movement creates spaces for other players to be brought in to strengthen manager Liam Fox's squad.