Munich (AP) – FC Bayern have to do without Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich in the last home game of the year in the Bundesliga against VfL Wolfsburg.
Both could be part of the team on Saturday in the last game in Munich before the winter break at leader Bayer Leverkusen. “I hope Leon Goretzka will be available on Saturday,” said coach Hansi Flick. The national player was substituted last weekend in a 1-1 draw against 1. FC Union Berlin.
Goretzka’s national teammate Kimmich has been missing since early November when he underwent surgery on the outer meniscus. “We have to wait for the next few days, but it is undoubtedly looking very good,” said Flick. Originally, a return of the midfield boss was planned at the beginning of January.
“He sees it exactly as you should, very factually,” reported Flick. “The emotional side is not a good adviser on this matter.” Flick wants to see how the body can deal with the increased workload. You should also look at what it looks like mentally after the injury. Kimmich returned to training for the German champions on Monday.
Against the unbeaten teams from Wolfsburg on Wednesday (8.30pm / Sky) and Leverkusen on Saturday, FC Bayern are looking to return to the top of the table with two wins. Two wins would be “big points,” Flick said after two draws last time. “We cannot change anything that was. We are now looking forward positively.”
As Javi Martínez is out on defensive midfield in addition to Goretzka and Kimmich and substitute Tanguy Nianzou is injured, Flick has a bottleneck. Bayern has “several options,” the 55-year-old said.