Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss Borussia Dortmund’s Thursday Europa League match with Azerbaijani club Gabala because of security concerns.
It was previously reported that Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan was likely to not travel for the match because “of an ongoing conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” per Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has now confirmed that the 26-year-old is not part of the Bundesliga club’s squad for the match in Azerbaijan capital Baku, per ArmenPress.
Mkhitaryan has been a key part of his team so far this season, starting eight of nine Bundesliga matches and both of their Europa League group games, per WhoScored.com.
He will be a big loss for Dortmund, but it has clearly been decided that it was not worth taking any risks considering the political relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.