Bayern Munich have confirmed Joshua Kimmich will miss their final three games of 2021 due to Covid-19 side effects.
The Germany midfielder had been in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus and hasn’t played since the start of November when Bayern beat Freiburg 2-1.
It was confirmed on Wednesday evening that he was free to leave his isolation period, with board member Hasan Salihamidzic stating: “Joshua has been cleared and his period of quarantine will end tonight. Then we will do more tests and see.
“We know our man Jo [Kimmich], of course he will give everything to return quickly. But we have to decide together what is best and be sensible.”
Now, a new club statement reads: “FC Bayern will play their remaining games without Joshua Kimmich until the end of the year.”
Kimmich added: “I am pleased that my corona-related quarantine has ended. I’m doing very well, but due to slight infiltration in my lungs, I am currently unable to fully train. I will therefore do advanced training and can hardly wait to be fully back in January.”
The 26-year-old’s stance on the coronavirus vaccine has been criticised. Back in October, he revealed he had not been vaccinated against the illness, claiming he had concerns over its long term effects, but denied he was an anti-vaxxer.
At the time, he said: “There is a very good chance that I will still get vaccinated. It’s simply that I still have some concerns.”
Bayern have taken a public stance against their unvaccinated players in recent weeks, with the likes of Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Michael Cuisance, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Kimmich all seeing their wages docked.
Covid cases are rising throughout Europe and Germany recently recorded its highest number of deaths from the illness since February, with 527 fatalities reported on Wednesday alongside 69,601 new infections.