Cold continues: Kimmich is missing from Nagelsmann’s debut

Joshua Kimmich had to skip DFB training on Thursday and the final training a day later. Its use against the USA is therefore not possible.

Cold: Joshua Kimmich is missing the final training session and will miss the game against the USA.

Cold: Joshua Kimmich is missing the final training session and will miss the game against the USA.

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Although national coach Julian Nagelsmann included the two words “As of now” at the final press conference on Saturday night when he gave information about Joshua Kimmich’s possible deployments, this remaining chance is minimal to theoretical.

“His cold was always a little worse in the morning and evening than it had been the day before,” reports the national coach, “but that’s normal, everyone who has a cold knows that.” Nagelsmann also hopes that no one at Kimmich became infected, “he was isolated from the team.” Everyone else is fit, apart from a few aches and pains, “but that is also normal in ongoing training.”

An anchor under Nagelsmann

Kimmich should become an important anchor in the central midfield under Nagelsmann in the next few months, especially at the home European Championships coming up in the summer. However, his start under the new national coach, whom the Bayern professional knows well from their time together in Munich (2021 to 2023), is not going according to plan.

DFB games in the United States

Kimmich had initially missed training with the national team on Thursday due to cold symptoms – and was now also absent from the final training session in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on the pitch of the MLS club New England Revolution a day later. The lingering cold forced him to do so. The next chance for Kimmich is the duel with Mexico (October 18th, at 2 a.m. CEST).

Goretzka, Andrich or Groß as Kimmich replacements

All 25 other DFB professionals took part in the final practice session before the test against the USA in Massachusetts – including Kimmich’s potential replacements Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern, 53 international matches), debutant Robert Andrich and newcomer Pascal Groß (Brighton & Hove Albion, two international matches).

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