Berlin (AP) – Bayern coach Hansi Flick does not expect currently injured national player Joshua Kimmich to return until January, despite his recent progress.

“The intention is that he will start training next week. It is important not to take a step too early, but to wait and see how everything goes. We are currently very happy with the course of events and of course hope that it will continue like this. ” Flick said on Sky TV on Saturday before Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga match against Union Berlin.

Kimmich injured his knee in early November and is currently working on his comeback after meniscus surgery. “He doesn’t mind if he doesn’t play again until January,” said Flick, also referring to the heavy burden for the Champions League winner’s national players this year. “It’s important that we give him the time he needs to be 100 percent back.” This year the Munich team is still being challenged in the competition against VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen.

Flick praised the 25-year-old midfielder’s professionalism. “He’s doing a sensational rehabilitation,” said the Munich coach. “I can see how meticulously he works every day. That of course shows that he is a great professional and that it is positive.”

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