Wolfsburg’s Mbabu out of Europa League after positive COVID-19 test

Munich's Serge Gnabry, right, and Wolfsburg's Kevin Mbabu, left, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match. (Kai Pfaffenbach/AP)

WOLFSBURG, Germany — Wolfsburg defender Kevin Mbabu will miss his team’s Europa League last-16 game against Shakhtar Donetsk after he tested positive for the coronavirus last month, the club said Monday.

Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner said the Switzerland defender would “definitely” not travel with the team to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to play Shakhtar on Wednesday. He has not been training with the team, Glasner added.

Wolfsburg said July 25 that Mbabu had tested positive and was in isolation at home. He was not displaying symptoms, the club said at the time.

The right back played 20 games for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga this season, including 90 minutes in all nine games after the league resumed in May amid the pandemic.

The Europa League restarts Wednesday after a break of nearly five months. The second legs of last-16 matchups will be played at the original venues.

Two fixtures where the first leg wasn’t played before the season was suspended — Inter Milan against Getafe and Roma against Sevilla — will be played as single-leg contests in Germany.

From the quarterfinals onward all games will be played in a tournament format in Germany.

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