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Joshua Kimmich following surgery: “Everything is going according to plan.”

Speaking to FC Bayern TV, Joshua Kimmich discussed his rehabilitation following surgery on his knee as well as setting out a timeline on a potential return to first team football.

“The surgery went very well,” said Kimmich. “I was able to start rehab smoothly after about a week. I think everything is going according to plan. From next week onwards, I’ll do more with the ball and more complex training and I hope that next year I’ll be back to normal.

“At the beginning, my knee didn’t feel too good,” added the 25-year-old. “I couldn’t extend it anymore and I couldn’t bend it. I was in pain before the operation but after it my knee felt good right away. I could walk without crutches relatively early.

“It’s difficult to take positives away from an injury because you can’t just pretend than an injury like this isn’t serious. It’s positive that you’re not away and you can be at home more but I’d rather be with the team, playing Bundesliga and Champions League.”

Kimmich was substituted against Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker in November following a meniscus tear.

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