Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet tests positive for coronavirus as he and three others at Club Brugge are forced into self-isolation
- Club Brugge have confirmed that three players and their CEO have coronavirus
- Simon Mignolet, the former Liverpool keeper, is among those with a positive test
- Mignolet was on international duty with Belgium and played against England
- All four men are now in self-isolation and won’t travel to Russia with their team
- Club Brugge are set to play Zenit away in the Champions League on Tuesday
Mignolet, Odilon Kossounou and Michael Krmencik are the three players affected after returning from international duty, while club CEO Vincent Mannaert has also contracted the virus.
Simon Mignolet has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Champions League opener
Mignolet took to Twitter on Sunday night to explain that he is now in quarantine with his family
Mignolet was away with Belgium, and travelled to London to face England at Wembley last Sunday. He then tested positive six days later, after first returning a negative test on Thursday.
Kossounou, meanwhile, was away with the Ivory Coast national team, and Krmencik is a Czech Republic international.
All four men are now in self-isolation and the club confirmed that they are asymptomatic.
A Club Brugge statement read: ‘On Saturday morning, the entire Bruges delegation was tested for Covid-19 in anticipation of the European match in and against Saint Petersburg.
‘Internationals Simon Mignolet and Odilon Kossounou and attacker Michael Krmencik tested positive. CEO Vincent Mannaert also passed a positive corona test.
‘Last Thursday, the entire squad was tested via the Jupiler Pro League protocol, when everyone else tested negative.
Mignolet (centre) left Liverpool in 2019 to return to his home country with Club Brugge
Odilon Kossounou (right) also played for Club Brugge on Saturday before then testing positive
Michael Krmencik (left) is the third Club Brugge player to have contracted coronavirus
‘The foursome will be quarantined with immediate effect and will therefore not travel to Russia. None of them show symptoms.’
Mignolet, who played for Liverpool for six years until 2019, also took to social media to update his followers.
In a Twitter post on Sunday night, he said: ‘Unfortunately I tested positive on Covid-19 yesterday morning. After receiving the result this morning me and my family went in to quarantine immediately. Non of us showed any symptoms so far.’
It is as yet unclear whether the three positive player tests will force Club Brugge to ask for the match to be postponed until a later date.