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Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich regrets being undecided about vaccine for so long

FILE - Bayern Munich's German midfielder Joshua Kimmich is pictured during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg in Munich, southern Germany. Photo: Christof Stache/AFP

FILE - Bayern Munich's German midfielder Joshua Kimmich is pictured during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg in Munich, southern Germany. Photo: Christof Stache/AFP

Published Dec 13, 2021

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Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich said he regrets not making the decision to get a Covid-19 vaccine sooner after the midfielder was ruled out until January due to lingering effects of the novel coronavirus.

Kimmich, who has returned to light training but is struggling with minor lung issues after contracting Covid-19 in November, said last week he would miss the remainder of the year.

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"Broadly, it was just difficult for me to deal with my fears and concerns, and that's why I remained undecided for so long," Kimmich told ZDN on Sunday.

"Maybe I had to go through what I have now gone through first. Of course, looking back, I would like to make the vaccination decision earlier, but at the time it wasn't possible for me."

Kimmich revealed in October he was unvaccinated and the club came out in support of the player, a move that triggered a storm of criticism across Germany.

Kimmich said he understood the criticism that was directed his way but that some of it went too far.

"I have to say personally that some of the limits have been exceeded," the 26-year-old said.

"I also had the feeling that there was one or the other who tried to distinguish themselves through this situation. It wasn't always just objective criticism."

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Bayern, who are six points clear in the Bundesliga, travel to face Stuttgart on Tuesday.

Reuters

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