Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich has tested positive for coronavirus, having previously caused controversy by not being vaccinated.
Kimmich has been forced to quarantine at home twice recently after coming into contact with someone who had covid-19.
His latest incantation in isolation forced him to miss the team’s Bundesliga defeat against Bavarian rivals Augsburg, as well as a narrow victory in the Champions League over Dynamo Kiev.
Things have now gotten worse for Kimmich with the German international who returned a positive coronavirus test while he was in quarantine.
“Joshua Kimmich isolates himself at home after testing positive for covid-19. FC Bayern’s midfielder is fine,” a club statement read on Wednesday night.
Kimmich will now not be available for Bayern for 14 days, although he may return earlier if he tests negative.
He will be the latest in a long line of Bayern players to suffer from covid-19 this season. Earlier this month, Niklas Sule, Josip Stanicic and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting all tested positive, while Jamal Musiala, Michael Cuisance and Serge Gnabry were assigned to quarantine on Sunday.
These absences come at an inconvenient time. The defeat against Augsburg trimmed their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to a single point over Borussia Dortmund – which they will face in Der Klassiker on 4 December.
Kimmich can miss this huge match, as well as Die Roten’s meeting with Arminia Bielefeld this weekend.
The midfielder did not rule out vaccinating himself in the future, but he remains unharmed for the time being, and explained his decision in an interview last month.
“Because I just want to wait for myself when it comes to long-term studies. Still, I am aware of my responsibility. Of course I stick to the hygiene measures. It is also the case that we unvaccinated players in the club are tested every two or three days”, he said.
Kimmich’s reluctance to get the vaccine has been criticized as he and midfield partner Leon Goretzka previously started an aid campaign for companies affected by the pandemic.
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