Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed Joshua Kimmich worked ‘like a berserker in training’ after the player made a shock return in the weekend’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Kimmich suffered a nasty blow after getting embroiled with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland in early November. He went under the knife for treatment to his damaged meniscus, and reports at the start of the month claimed he had begun the rehabilitation process.
But what no one expected was that the 25-year-old would make a quick return to first-team football and line up for Bayern over the weekend. It didn’t take long for Kimmich to show what Hansi Flick’s side were missing at the heart of their midfield.
In injury time, the 25-year-old forced Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah into a mistake and poked the ball right into the path of Robert Lewandowski who scored the winning goal.
Speaking to Sport1’s Doppelpass program after the game, Rummenigge said, “He had worked like a berserker in training. We have missed him a lot in the last few weeks. We overplayed the midfield too much. That will be better with him again, because he demands the ball.”
Flick had initially not planned on using Kimmich in the game, but he admitted that the German was even fitter than before his injury. “It wasn’t planned that he would play,” Flick said. “He has shown again that he is very important for the team.
“I’m glad Joshua went with us. Just being there helps the team a lot. It’s nice to be able to train with players who want to improve every day and get more out of themselves. These are the players we need here.”
“Josh brought calm into the game and organized it,” added Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
Kimmich was rightly named in FIFA’s World XI last week, alongside teammates Lewandowski and Alphonso Davies.