Three Club Brugge players test COVID-19 positive ahead of Champions League tie

Three of Club Brugge's players, including goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, have tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play Tuesday's Champions League tie at Zenit St. Petersburg.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet (second from left) is among the three Club Brugge players who have tested positive for the coronavirus.   -  Twitter@SMignolet/File Image

Belgium's Club Brugge has been hit by the coronavirus as it arrived in Russia for Tuesday's Champions League group stage tie at Zenit St. Petersburg without three players and its CEO, who have all tested positive.

The side's first-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who kept goal for Belgium in last week's internationals, and team-mates Odilon Kossounou and Michael Krmencik were left behind when the squad travelled on Monday, the club said in a statement.

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Brugge will also miss Ivorian defender Simon Deli, who suffered an injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Standard Liege.

The infected players were immediately quarantined. None of them are displaying any symptoms, said Monday's club statement.

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"We are still going with a good feeling to Zenit, even if there are a few of our important team mates who had to stay at home," captain Ruud Vormer said on Twitter.

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