Kingsley Coman was supposed to be preparing to play for France against Sweden in their World Cup qualifying match, but it never came to pass. The talented 20 year old on loan at Bayern Munich from Italian giants Juventus suffered a bizarre injury in training and it is expected that he will miss up to 8 weeks recuperating.
It was a bitter blow for a player who when given the chance at Euro 2016 by French manager Laurent Blanc showed enough burst, creativity and hunger to set anyone’s pulses alive. He is already being compared to some French greats of yesteryear and with Bayern facing a tough season ahead of them in the Bundesliga they will rue this miss.
But as some German media pointed out there is a little good will in his injury. Though the player will miss some crucial league games and Champions League matches unlike for example the Premier League the German league has a near 5 week break and so in reality Coman will miss just four weeks.
The player has torn a capsule in his left ankle but worse of all has also torn ligaments in his knee. He is expected to fly back to Germany for his operation. Coman has made 6 appearances from 10 games for Bayern this season who lead the league only on goal difference from surprise package RB Leipizig.
Coman of course suffered a similar injury at the start of the season and with this recurrence it will be up to the Bayern medical team to assess why this has happened again, because the future is bright for the French international. This came to light this week when Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the clubs interest in him.
It is Bayern’s intention to buy Coman from his loan and Juventus has given the Bavarian giants the first option. The fee is believed to be around £20 million including add ons which in this day and age looks like a bargain. With the Italian champions selling Paul Pogba to Manchester United in the summer this deal sounds slightly odd given that they could have requested the return of the 20 year old at any moment. Right now despite his injuries it looks certain that by as early as January Coman will be a full time Bayern Munich player.
Could this be a huge mistake by Juve? Only last year influential Spanish magazine Don Balon named Coman as one of the greatest footballing prospects in Europe. Only time will tell.
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