Germany's main sporting tabloid is currently reporting that the shoulder contusion that kept midfielder Joshua Kimmich out of action this weekend will most likely sideline the FCB linchpin through next Saturday's game against Gladbach.
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Kimmich's replacement in midfield - young Serbian midfield prospect Aleksandr Pavlovic - scored his inaugural Bundesliga goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over Augsburg. The 19-year-old has also pocketed two league assists this year. Bayern remain undefeated on the eight occasions Pavlovic has made an appearance. The youngster's performance in his second league start on match-day 15 left many wondering if a regular role might be coming soon.
In any event, it looks to be questionable if Kimmich might be available in time to face league-leaders Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a massive league encounter less than two weeks away. A shoulder contusion can easily sideline a football player for three weeks or more. Outgoing transfer links and recent media statements have left Kimmich developing something of a "problem child" reputation.