Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich took the next step on his road to recovery from knee surgery by returning to team training on Monday.
Kimmich damaged his knee in November’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund, and there were initial fears that the 25-year-old could be sidelined until well into 2021 after he underwent surgery to remove his meniscus.
However, the midfielder has made such good progress that he was able to return to first-team training on Monday, with the club revealing on their official website that Kimmich joined the rest of the squad as they prepared for Wednesday’s meeting with Wolfsburg.
Wednesday’s game will come too soon for Kimmich, who may well spend the rest of the year rebuilding his fitness as manager Hansi Flick insisted that he will not take any risks with the star midfielder.
“It is important not to take a step too early, but to wait and see how everything goes,” Flick told Sky (via TZ). “We are currently very happy with the way things have gone and, of course, we hope that it will continue like this.
“He won’t mind if he doesn’t play again until January. It is important that we give him the time he needs to be back to 100%. He’s doing a sensational rehab. I see how meticulously he works every day. That, of course, shows that he is an amazing professional and that it is positive.”
On his injury, Kimmich told Stern: “My knee felt like s**t. I was afraid that I would wake up and my knee would still be stiff. Then there was the fear of the operation itself.
“It would have been better and healthier to sew the meniscus back together, but then I would have been out for four to five months.”
It seems as though Kimmich will spend the next few weeks focusing on rebuilding his strength, and a return after the winter breaks looks most likely for the 25-year-old.