Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is reportedly out for the rest of 2021 having been hit hard by COVID-19.
Choupo-Moting, formerly of Stoke City, has become a useful deputy centre-forward for Bayern Munich.
Despite having no prospect of forcing his way past Robert Lewandowski and into the starting XI, he appears to be content with warming the bench and taking his opportunities when given.
However, Bayern are set to be without him for the rest of the year, according to BILD, after the Cameroonian forward was struck down with a bad bout of COVID-19.
The report notes that Choupo-Moting was one of five Bayern Munich players who decided against taking the COVID-19 vaccine when offered.
Of course, he was well within his rights to do so and there is no way to know for certain whether he would have suffered less severe symptoms were he to have been vaccinated.
That said, those within the German game who have been pushing to increase the vaccination take-up are likely to cite this as evidence as to why players ought to get themselves jabbed.
More importantly, we hope that Choupo-Moting gets well soon and is able to return to Bayern Munich training sooner than is initially feared.