Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich has received an oral vaccination against the potential threat of an infection from norovirus as the team prepares for Saturday’s match against Chelsea. According to the club, at least nine of Kimmich’s teammates also have the vaccine, “as a precaution, to avoid catching the illness.” He may undergo further follow-up tests on Wednesday.
Four players, including Germany international Kimmich, fell ill after they returned from a World Cup qualifying match against Italy in mid-June, but they missed a friendly in Bulgaria days later. The club’s medical staff has said it was unclear how many players could have been infected, but that Kimmich was infected, according to The Guardian.
“The squad has been very informed by our medical staff,” Bayern said in a statement. “Based on information available at the moment, none of the remaining 11 players have shown symptoms so far. Each player has received the recommended vaccination of the Norovirus as a precautionary measure in view of [the] expected high number of high-risk visitors.”
Kimmich was the subject of criticism in Germany following the World Cup for failing to win a second consecutive championship, and he has since lost his starting spot. Last season, he won the Bundesliga and reached the Champions League final, but has been restored to the squad by former coach Niko Kovac, who joined the club during the summer as a sporting director.
He will rejoin a Bayern squad that has been depleted by injury after midfielder Arturo Vidal was ruled out after suffering an ankle injury in training last week. Bayern will also be without Steven Zuber, Jerome Boateng, Sebastian Rudy and Serge Gnabry on Saturday, joining Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Mats Hummels and other injured players who did not travel to London.