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Blow for Bayern as Kimmich set for sidelines stay until new year

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Joshua Kimmich has successfully completed surgery on his knee but it will take until January at the soonest for him to return to action.

Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich started in the Bundesliga clash against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday but was forced off the pitch after picking up an injury.

The versatile German international fell to the ground awkwardly as he made a desperate attempt to win the ball back from Erling Haaland.

It appeared that he had twisted his knee and, after receiving treatment for an extended period, made his way out of the pitch with the assistance of Bayern’s medical staff.

Hansi Flick stressed Kimmich’s importance to the team after the 3-2 Der Klassiker win but failed to update on the extent of his injury.

On Sunday evening, Bayern released a medical report on their official website informing that Kimmich has been successfully operated on and that he is expected to be fully fit in January.

Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic assured that the club will see to it in the best possible way that their star player gets full support during his recovery process.

Salihamidzic said: “We’re glad that Joshua will probably be available again in a matter of weeks.

“We’ll support him in his rehabilitation as best we can.”

Bayern, who lead the Bundesliga table with 18 points from seven matches, get back in action on November 21 for the league outing against Werder Bremen.