Unvaccinated Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich returned to accommodate quarantine Friday after having non-public contact with somebody who examined optimistic for Covid-19, ruling him out of not less than the subsequent two video games. Bundesliga leaders Bayern confirmed the information Friday when Kimmich sat out their Bundesliga match at Augsburg. Bayern sports activities director Hasan Salihamidzic mentioned the membership accepts some gamers don’t need to get vaccinated. “My position, and that of the club, is that we all want to get vaccinated because that is 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 mentioned earlier than kick-off in Augsburg.
Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are reportedly the one non-vaccinated gamers within the Bayern squad.
In Bavaria, followers can solely attend video games if they’re absolutely vaccinated or have recovered from Covid, but gamers should solely present a damaging check.
Kimmich, 26, solely left home quarantine Tuesday after beforehand having contact with Bayern team-mate Niklas Suele, who examined optimistic final week whereas on worldwide responsibility with Germany.
As effectively as Friday’s match at Augsburg, Kimmich additionally misses Tuesday’s Champions League sport away to Dynamo Kiev. Bayern have already certified for the final 16.
Bayern are additionally with out Suele and Josip Stanisic, each of whom are absolutely vaccinated, after they examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Kimmich has been on the centre of fierce debate in Germany since revealing he opted to not be vaccinated attributable to “personal concerns”.
He was closely criticised and accused of neglecting his duties as a task mannequin in Germany, which has one of many lowest vaccination charges in Europe at round 68 p.c.
Germany is at the moment in a ferocious fourth wave of the virus with document numbers seen this week, main well being minister Jens Spahn to explain the scenario as “a national emergency”.
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