Kim Min-jae, who suffered a hip injury, ‘doesn’t know yet’ when he will play in the next game
Kim Min-jae finally took a break from his team Bayern Munich.
However, since he missed the game due to injury, it remains to be seen whether he will play in the next game. Fortunately, it does not appear to be a major injury.
There is news that Munich coach Thomas Tuchel hoped that Kim Min-jae, who took a break due to a bruise, would return before the weekend’s league game.
Munich drew 0-0 in the 5th match of Group A of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage against FC Copenhagen held at the Ilianz Arena in Munich, Germany on the 30th.
In an interview immediately after the game, Tuchel expressed hope that Kim Min-jae, Nusair Mazraoui and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will be available again at the weekend.
Munich secured first place in Group A after four group games and confirmed advancement to the round of 16. A fierce battle took place for 90 minutes with Kim Min-jae and others suffering from injuries, but despite facing Copenhagen at home, they were unable to score and the game ended in a draw.
Munich was awarded a penalty kick due to a handball foul by an opposing defender in extra time in the second half, but was unable to get the chance to score the winning goal as the decision was overturned by video review.
After the penalty kick was canceled, the game ended in a 0-0 draw, with Munich and Copenhagen sharing one point each. Munich succeeded in extending its undefeated streak in the Champions League group stage to 39 games (35 wins, 4 draws), but ended its winning streak in the group stage at 17 games in a row. 안전놀이터
On this day, Munich attracted attention by not only excluding Kim Min-jae from the starting lineup, but also removing him from the roster against Copenhagen and not even placing him on the bench.
Kim Min-jae’s absence was expected. However, the reason was not a simple rest, but an injury.
German media ‘Bild’ reported, “Ahead of the Copenhagen game, Kim Min-jae already did not attend the team meeting on Monday (27th) and did not participate in team training the next day.”
Afterwards, Munich announced through the club’s official SNS prior to the Copenhagen match that the reason Kim Min-jae was excluded from the list was due to a bruise on his hip. He also announced that Chu Po-Mo Ting (knee joint) and Maz Rawi (gastroenteritis) were also unwell and would miss the match against Copenhagen.
Kim Min-jae is suffering from the aftereffects of overuse, as he collapsed heavily and complained of pain while passing the ball with opposing striker Davy Zelke in the early half of the first half in the match against Cologne, which was played three days after the first and second rounds of the 2026 World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying round held last month. At this time, he complained of pain in his back and hips as he collided with the ground. During the game, he got up again, played the full 90 minutes, and left the ground without any problems, but it appears that he needed rest during the recovery process. Leon Goretzka moved down from midfielder to defender to take on Kim Min-jae’s vacancy. He filled the vacancy left by Kim Min-jae well, taking on the role of having the highest rating in the team.
Munich will play a Bundesliga home game against Union Berlin at 11:30 p.m. on the 2nd, and although Berlin has now fallen into the relegation zone, they have a new coach and are in a tense situation as they finished fourth last year. In the meantime, coach Tuchel desperately wants Kim Min-jae to return.
Coincidentally, the German media is heaping praise on Kim Min-jae, so the atmosphere is good.
On the 29th of last month, ‘Avent Zeitung’, a leading Bavarian newspaper, praised Kim Min-jae’s performance in an article titled ‘Bavaria’s Hidden Hero: Why the warrior Kim Min-jae was never absent in any environment’ and emphasized that his skills have improved after joining Munich. did.
In a report published ahead of the Copenhagen game on the 30th of last month, Avent Zeitung said, “Minjae Kim played in 90% of Munich’s total game time this season, which is more playing time than any other player in the team,” and added, “On average, 112 ball touches per game, 1.6 per game. He said, “He has the best record among Munich center backs, recording 12 interceptions.” He continued, “The investment in the 190cm giant, who has been nicknamed ‘The Monster’ since childhood, is paying off more and more with every game.”
At the same time, he explained that statistically, he is showing better indicators after coming to Munich than in Naples.
The newspaper said, “Kim Min-jae has improved his already strong abilities after his transfer,” and “wearing the Bayern uniform, he is winning more ball duels per game (7.2 to 5.9) than in Naples. The number of aerial duels won is 4.9 in Munich. “It was said that the number of fouls per game was 0.8, which was more than the 4.4 in Naples. On the other hand, the number of fouls per game was 0.8, which was slightly lower than the 0.9 in Naples.”
He continued, “Kim Min-jae received only one yellow card this season. This is a strong performance for a central defender.”