Club Brugge hit by virus cases ahead of Europa League match

Stefano Denswil, Matej Mitrovic and Hans Vanaken returned positive COVID-19 tests along with Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement and his assistants.

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Three Club Brugge players and a majority of the coaching staff have been placed in isolation ahead of the team's visit to Dynamo Kyiv in the 2020-21 Europa League (Representative Image).   -  Getty Images

Three players and the coaching staff at Club Brugge have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of a trip to Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League, the Belgian team said on Tuesday.

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Stefano Denswil, Matej Mitrovic and Hans Vanaken returned positive COVID-19 tests along with manager Philippe Clement and his assistants, the club added. They have all been placed in isolation and will miss Thursday's round of 32 match in Ukraine.

Brugge said midfielder Charles de Ketelaere, one of Europe’s top prospects, tested negative and will make the trip to Kyiv following concerns that he could have contracted the virus.

Both Brugge and Dynamo have moved into the Europa League following their exits from the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.