On Wednesday, Man United’s Champions League campaign gets underway in Bavaria, and Munich manager Thomas Tuchel already has fitness issues to deal with.
Thomas Tuchel, the manager of Bayern Munich, has announced that Joshua Kimmich had to leave the field after an hour of Friday’s 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen due to an inflamed tendon.
Bayern gave up late in a thrilling Bundesliga match against the team that appears to be their biggest title rival. Exequiel Palacios equalized from the penalty spot four minutes into extra time after Leon Goretzka had made it 2-1 for Tuchel’s team on 86 minutes thanks to a late penalty.
The home team had taken an early lead thanks to a goal from Harry Kane, but Alex Grimaldo’s stunning equalizer had them looking for the winner. Therefore, it was unexpected to see crucial midfielder Kimmich substituted after one hour.
Joshua had an irritated tendon, and Tuchel explained after the game that they didn’t want to take any chances with him. We removed him from the game in the 60th minute because “the medical team clearly stated he could only play 60 minutes.”
The injury will cast doubt on Kimmich’s ability to participate in the Champions League group stage opener against Manchester United on Wednesday. Although Bayern has a longer turnaround than Erik ten Hag’s team, which plays Brighton this afternoon, their midfielder might not feel like he can play another 90 minutes so soon after an hour.
In the final half-hour without Kimmich, Matthijs de Ligt played defensive midfield, maybe giving United a signal as to who might do the same on Wednesday. Tuchel was open about wanting to recruit a No. 6 this summer, and the German team was willing to pay about £60 million for Joao Palhinha of Fulham.