Joshua Kimich and Eric Maxim are the latest Bayern Munich players to test positive for a four-legged COVID-19, but the German Football League (DFL) has ruled out a call to close the remaining two top divisions of the year.
Bundesliga champions Bayern said star midfielder Kimich, who has not been vaccinated, was “at home in self-isolation after a positive test” and added that the 26-year-old was “doing well”.
Forward Chaupo-Moting is “doing self-isolation at home and doing well in the situation, according to relevant health officials,” Bayern added.
The pair are one of five Bayern players to have been separated after coming into close contact with people with coronavirus infection.
Kimmich started a big debate about vaccination in German professional football when he revealed a few weeks ago that he had not been vaccinated against the virus.
Although the defender was fully vaccinated, he had to be separated from others two weeks ago after a positive test by Nicholas Suel.
Suel returned to team training on Wednesday and full-back Josip Stanisic also contracted the virus despite two injuries, Bayern said.
Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Michael Cuisance are other players in isolation as close contacts.
Bayern beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday with a paper-thin team already dealt with injuries and suspensions.
Ironically, Kimich’s infection came just as he wanted to.
“I have talked to Joe and I think he is going to allow himself to be vaccinated,” Germany coach Hansie Flick said on Wednesday.
VfB Stuttgart Sports Director Sven Mislintat was also named as an infected person amid growing numbers nationwide on Wednesday.
It urged Second Division President Ergeberge Eu, Helge Leonhard, to suspend games in the two top divisions for the rest of the year and resume those games in early 2022.
But the DFL stressed: “Since the onset of the epidemic, the consensus of all 36 clubs has always been to act on federal rules.
“So the self-imposed nationwide lockout as a seasonal disruption is not a problem.”