Sick during the American tour in mid-October, Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich is back with Germany for the friendly matches against Turkey and Austria in mid-November, according to the list announced Friday by coach Julian Nagelsmann. Kimmich participated in Germany's American tour five weeks ago, but missed the two matches against the United States (3-1 victory) and Mexico (2-2). He returned to Munich prematurely just after the first match, suffering from a cold.
Serge Gnabry, recovered from a broken left forearm at the end of September, is also returning to the selection. The striker played again for the first time with Bayern on Wednesday against Galatasaray in the Champions League (3 minutes). Two novices appear on the list of 27 players selected by Nagelsmann: RB Leipzig goalkeeper Janis Blaswich (32 years old) and Werder Bremen striker Marvin Ducksch (29 years old).
Injured against Galatasaray in the left thigh, Jamal Musiala is logically not part of the list for these matches in a week, and is replaced by Dortmund midfielder Felix Nmecha. Appointed at the end of September to succeed Hansi Flick at the head of a German selection in crisis, Julian Nagelsmann was able to postpone a complicated decision on the goalkeeper position for a few months.
Back in shape at Bayern almost a year after his serious injury (fracture of the lower part of the right leg), Manuel Neuer took the lead on Tuesday, on the eve of facing Galatasaray in the Champions League, explaining that he renounced this mid-November gathering. Germany faces Turkey on November 18 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, and travels to the Ernst-Happel Stadium in Vienna to face Austria. These two opponents ensured their qualification for Euro-2024 in mid-October, for which the Mannschaft is automatically qualified as host country.
“I’m totally looking forward to these two matches. There will be emotion and it will be noisy,” said Nagelsmann. In Berlin, many supporters of Turkey are expected.
The list of 27 players from Germany
Goalkeepers: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim), Janis Blaswich (RB Leipzig), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona/ESP), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Robin Gosens (Union Berlin), Benjamain Henrichs (RB Leipzig), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid/ESP), Niklas Süle (Borussia Dortmund), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Malick Thiaw (AC Milan/ITA)
Milieux de terrain: Robert Andrich (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Führich (VfB Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Pascal Gross (Brighton/ENG), Ilkay Gündogan (FC Barcelone/ESP), Kai Havertz (Arsenal/ENG), Jonas Hofmann (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Felix Nmecha (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Attaquants: Marvin Ducksch (Werder Brême), Niclas Füllkrug (Borussia Dortmund), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)