Bayern Munich have confirmed that midfielder Joshua Kimmich has been ruled out until the new year and will miss remaining matches of 2021.
Kimmich who is believed to be unvaccinated, tested positive for Covid-19 last month is going through the side effects of virus.
He already had his wages docked as he missed games while in quarantine which he has now completed but is still unable to make a return to training as he is suffering side effects of the virus.
ℹ️ #FCBayern will be without Joshua #Kimmich for the remainder of 2021.
— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) December 9, 2021
Kimmich will miss the games against Mainz, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg before the new year. He was one of five unvaccinated players of the club who had their fees docked as all of them refused to take vaccine. Along with Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Michael Cuisance and Choupo-Moting, Kimmich was told by the club that they all would not be paid weekly wages while in self-isolation.
“I’m happy that my quarantine has ended, I’m doing very well but not able to train due to light infiltrations in my lungs. I’ll do some rehabilitation and can’t wait to be back in action in January”. Kimmich said as posted by Bayern Munich’s official website.
The club’s manager Julian Nagelsmann himself tested positive for COVID-19 but recovered after four games and returned in dugout for their match against Benfica in the Champions league.
Bayern however after beating Barcelona 3-0 in their recent clash has topped the group E in UCL winning all six games and are also at the top of Bundesliga table, four points clear of 2nd places Borussia Dortmund. They will now face Mainz in the league fixture at home on Saturday where the matches are set to be played at 50% attendance or with maximum of 15000 crowd allowance due to COVID-19 restrictions in Germany.