Unvaccinated Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich returned from home quarantine on Friday after having had personal contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, leaving him out of at least the next two matches. Bundesliga leaders Bayern confirmed the news on Friday when Kimmich was playing his Bundesliga match in Augsburg. Bayern sporting director Hassan Salihamidzic said the club acknowledges that some players do not want to be vaccinated. “My position, and that of the club, is that we all want to get vaccinated because it’s the only way out of the pandemic, but you have to accept that not everyone sees it that way. It’s a difficult situation, Salihamidzic said. Before kick-off in Augsburg.
Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Erik Maxim Chopo-Moting are reportedly the only non-vaccinated players in the Bayern squad.
In Bavaria, fans can only participate in games if they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID, yet players only need to show a negative test.
Kimmich, 26, only left home on Tuesday after having previously made contact with Bayern teammate Niklas Sueley, who tested positive last week while on international duty with Germany.
As well as Friday’s match in Augsburg, Kimmich also misses Tuesday’s Champions League game away from Dynamo Kiev. Bayern have already qualified for the last 16.
Bayern are also without Suelle and Josip Stanisic, both fully vaccinated, after they tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kimmich has been at the center of heated debate in Germany after he revealed that he had opted not to be vaccinated because of “personal concerns”.
He has been heavily criticized and accused of neglecting his duties as a role model in Germany, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe at around 68 percent.
Germany is currently in a brutal fourth wave of the virus with record numbers seen this week, with chief health minister Jens Spahn describing the situation as “a national emergency”.
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