Kimmich was infected with Corona

Joshua Kimmich recently tended towards vaccination. On Wednesday, Hansi Flick had a conversation with the national player from FC Bayern: “I talked to Jo and think that it is also going in the direction of getting vaccinated,” said the national coach during a video link for the German football team Federal.

“I’m assuming, yes, nothing else is possible in the future, I guess,” added the national coach.

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The future for Kimmich looks very different again in the short term. As the “Bild-Zeitung” reported on Wednesday evening and FC Bayern confirmed shortly afterwards, the 26-year-old midfielder was infected with the corona virus and will be absent from Munich for even longer.

“The midfielder of FC Bayern is doing well,” said the club via a short message service on Twitter. Kimmich had recently been in quarantine at home because, as an unvaccinated person, he had been in contact with a person who tested positive.

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Thus, in all likelihood, Kimmich will miss the top Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund on December 4th. Kimmich played his last game on November 6th against SC Freiburg. Since then, he has had to be quarantined because, as an unvaccinated person, he had contact with two people who tested positive.

Lauterbach refers to “uncontrollable risk”

The health expert Karl Lauterbach took the report about Kimmich’s infection as an opportunity to point out the aggressiveness of the coronavirus. He wishes Kimmich a “quick full recovery” after his corona infection, wrote the SPD politician on Twitter. Then he added: “The case shows how difficult it is to avoid Covid without vaccination today.”

According to Lauterbach, the incidence in the unvaccinated group is well over 1000. “The risk is uncontrollable,” he continued.

A few weeks ago, Kimmich had publicly stated that he was not vaccinated and cited possible side effects as a reason for his concern. Subsequently, a debate broke out about the role model effect of football professionals. Most recently, FC Bayern Kimmich cut his salary because he could not do his job.

The national player is only one of many Corona problem cases at FC Bayern. In addition to Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Michael Cuisance and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting were in quarantine on Tuesday at the club’s Champions League game at Dynamo Kiev.

The latter was also infected with the corona virus and is said to suffer from symptoms, according to the “Bild” newspaper.

FC Bayern players are starting to rethink

After all: Gnabry and Musiala are said to have been vaccinated in the meantime, according to the specialist magazine “Kicker”. Like Kimmich, Cuisance is said to have declared his willingness to be vaccinated. For Kimmich, the insight apparently came too late.

All the more astonishing with the personal problems of the German record champions that he did his job in the Champions League. At Dynamo Kiev, Munich prevailed 2-1 (2-0).

In addition to the five quarantine failures, Niklas Süle and Josip Stanisic, who have now been released after Covid 19 infections, and the yellow-banned Dayot Upamecano were missing. Lucas Hernández (muscular problems) and Tanguy Nianzou (shoulder pain) had to leave the pitch in the Ukraine.

One and a half weeks before the Bundesliga summit at Borussia Dortmund, before which the league leaders from Munich will play their home game against Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday, the workforce is extremely worrying.

According to his club FC Bayern, Kimmich is doing well.Photo: AFP

“It always depends on how things will look in the future. If, of course, the players still have to be quarantined if they are not vaccinated, then there is always a small risk for the goals of the season, “said coach Julian Nagelsmann on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old hinted at how difficult it is for him to “walk the tightrope” as a coach. As a vaccination advocate, he has a clear opinion. But one must also try to understand the opinions of non-vaccinated players.

The legal position in the case of a salary cut is clear

This is about the guidelines of the association. You have to be able to represent both externally. “In the mixed situation, I try to act a bit as a connecting link. I think it works out quite well – I hope, ”said Nagelsmann about his key role.

His remarks on the subject of wage waiver suggested that the quarantine professionals actually had to and must accept losses. “I think punishing is the wrong word in my eyes,” said Nagelsmann, referring to labor law.

The employer can stop paying the employee’s salary if the employee has not been vaccinated and is in quarantine and unable to work. “But that’s not football-specific. If the dental assistant is not vaccinated and is absent, the dentist can also stop paying the salary. “

And just as the dentist misses his quarantined helpers, Nagelsmann misses his players. Tsp (with dpa)

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