Joshua Kimmich out until 2022 with lung problem after refusing Covid-19 vaccine

Joshua Kimmich of FC Bayern Munchen reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group Stage match between Bayern Munchen and Dinamo Kiev at Allianz Arena on September 29, 2021 in Munich, Germany.

Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich will be out of action until the beginning of next year, after suffering with a lung problem on the back of having Covid.

Kimmich surprised people in October when he revealed that he hadn't got the Covid-19 vaccine, despite the fact that he'd helped raise millions for the fight against the virus.

Speaking at the time, the German revealed he might have got the vaccine in the future, saying, "I am neither a Covid denier nor an anti vaxxer. I also don't say categorically that I won't get vaccinated at all.

"It is very possible that I will get the vaccine in the future."

The 26-year-old then had to quarantine for a Germany game in November, and missed the matches for the national team, after a member of the squad tested positive.

Joshua Kimmich of Bayern München reacts during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and Sport-Club Freiburg at Allianz Arena on November 06, 2021 in Munich, Germany.

Last month the former RB Leipzig player tested positive himself whilst back at the club and now it seems that the effects of Covid will keep him out for a while.

It was revealed on Thursday that the midfielder will miss at least the next few weeks with a lung problem, and won't play until 2022.

"I'm happy my self-isolation caused by the coronavirus has ended," the player said in a statement on the club's website.

"I'm doing very well, but I'm not yet able to train fully due to slight infiltrations in my lungs. I'll therefore do some rehabilitative training and can't wait to be fully back in action in January."

Kimmich has been out since November 6th, due to the close contact he had whilst on international duty, and missed Wednesday night's defeat of Barcelona, which knocked the visitors out of the Champions League.

He will miss the Bundesliga games against Mainz, Stuttgart, and Wolfsburg before the end of the year, and he won't be the only one.

Fellow Bayern player Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting also tested positive last month, after not being vaccinated, and boss Julian Nagelsmann gave an update on the former Stoke City striker.

"With [Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting], the after-effects of his Corona infection are such that we’ll wait a week before his next check and then we’ll decide if he can deal with more.

"He is, of course, negative now but still has problems that wouldn’t allow a premature return to training.”

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