Vaccination skeptic Joshua Kimmich of German record champion Bayern Munich has tested positive for the corona virus. The Munich resident confirmed it on Wednesday evening.
“The FC Bayern midfielder is doing well,” the club wrote in a statement. The Bild newspaper had previously reported on the infection of the national player.
Kimmich had sparked heated discussions in recent weeks because he was not vaccinated against the virus. As the unvaccinated contact person for someone infected with the coronavirus, Kimmich was the last in quarantine anyway and missed the derby at FC Augsburg (1: 2) and the Champions League group game at Dynamo Kiev Tuesday (2: 1). On his return from Kiev, Kimmich’s club colleague Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also tested positive, and Choupo-Moting was also in quarantine.
Shortly before the report to Kimmich, there were signs that he was about to be vaccinated. “I think Jo is going in the direction of vaccination,” said national coach Hansi Flick on Wednesday afternoon: “In the future, I think there will be no other way.”
He spoke to Kimmich, the national coach reported in a video link from London: “It was a very good conversation, I saw a trend. It worries him a lot.” It is wrong to “pillory” Kimmich – it distracts from the fact that in Germany “a lot should get better”.
Kimmich will likely miss a hit against BVB
Kimmich must remain in domestic isolation for 14 days from testing positive and can then test himself freely with a negative PCR test – if he has no symptoms. He also missed the Bundesliga’s best game against Borussia Dortmund on December 4.
Based on information from SPOX and GOAL, which coincide with those of kicker, have now received their first vaccine from colleagues at the Kimmich club, Serge Gnabry, who had recovered from a corona infection, and Jamal Musiala. Flick confirmed it for Gnabry: “Serge received a vaccination booster.” That would be enough once the disease was conquered. Musiala should develop full vaccine protection during the winter holidays.
Kimmich had previously missed international matches against Liechtenstein and Armenia as a contact person for teammate Niklas Süle who had tested positive and only returned from quarantine a week ago.