Bayern Munich fans are holding their breath as the club faces an injury concern ahead of their highly anticipated UEFA Champions League opener against Manchester United tomorrow (September 20).
The worry centers around none other than the versatile midfield maestro, Joshua Kimmich.
In a Bundesliga showdown on Friday (September 15) against VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich secured a 2-2 draw at their home ground. The match witnessed summer signing Harry Kane making an early impact by giving Bayern a seventh-minute lead. However, the spirited Stuttgart side managed to level the playing field with a goal from Alex Grimaldo in the 24th minute.
The pivotal moment of concern came at the hour mark when Joshua Kimmich was subbed off. The decision to withdraw Kimmich was not a tactical one but rather a precautionary measure. Bayern Munich’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel, later revealed that Kimmich was experiencing an inflamed tendon: “Joshua had an inflamed tendon, and we didn’t want to take any risks with him. The medical team clearly said he could only play 60 minutes, and that’s why we brought him off in the 60th minute.”
Now, all eyes are on Joshua Kimmich’s fitness as the Bavarian giants prepare to face Manchester United in their Champions League opener. With the crucial encounter around the corner, the availability of Kimmich remains uncertain. Other notable absences from the Bayern squad include Manuel Neuer, Kingsley Coman, and Raphael Guerreiro.