The good news is that Gnabry tested negative for COVID-19 and honestly the 26-year-old could probably use a little rest as well, as Bayern Munich enters a key stretch of its season:
ℹ️ @SergeGnabry has left the squad due to cold symptoms, although he has tested negative for Covid-19.@JulianBrandt has been called up to the team as his replacement.#DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/eASUO3pO7Y— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 23, 2022
Gnabry’s absence will give Brandt an opportunity to showcase himself ahead of the World Cup. Gnabry’s spot on the squad should be a foregone conclusion, but Brandt is in a position where every training session and every appearance could go a long way in helping him make Germany’s 2022 World Cup roster in Qatar. At this point, Brandt is likely considered a longshot for inclusion.
DFB manager Hansi Flick will get a good look at several players on the roster bubble during this international break and should begin the process of narrowing down the field in the coming months.