Bayern Munich‘s celebrations of their 3-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund in Saturday evening’s Der Klassiker were cut short by Joshua Kimmich‘s injury. The Rekordmeister have now confirmed that the German midfielder underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. The operation was a success but will see Kimmich return to the Bayern squad no earlier than January 2021.
Joshua Kimmich Out Until New Year With Knee Injury
An Injury Sustained Doing What Joshua Kimmich Does Best
With the match goalless in the 36th minute, Dortmund striker Erling Haaland looked to initiate a counter-attack. The German is known for his ability to get ‘stuck in’ and went full-blooded into a challenge with the on-rushing Haaland. The subsequent tackle resulted in Kimmich receiving a yellow card and a meniscus tear in his right knee.
How Will Bayern Munich Fair With Joshua Kimmich’s Injury?
If Kimmich returns in January 2021, Hansi Flick’s side will go seven matches without the star midfielder. This includes important league fixtures against top four contenders RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and high-flying 1. FC Union Berlin, as well as a December Champions League encounter with Atlético Madrid. Bayern Munich’s immense squad depth now comes into play. World Champion Corentin Tolisso will now receive a lengthy run in the squad, as he has had to settle for a rotational role under Hansi Flick.
This is Joshua Kimmich’s First Real Injury
The apparent replacement of Philipp Lahm, Kimmich has moved from right back to holding midfielder over his more than 250 appearances for club and country. The former VfB Stuttgart academy product and RB Leipzig senior player has never missed more than two matches due to injury until now. Bayern Munich and German National Team Manager Joachim Löw will be hoping that Kimmich makes a successful and speedy recovery.