The injury gods have lately been incredibly cruel to Bayern Munich, and Kingsley Coman has had just about enough. The French international unfortunately suffered the same ankle injury (syndesmotic ligament tear) both last season and earlier this season, forcing him to spend considerable spells on the sidelines. He missed 15 matches across competitions on account his injury this season, which he sustained on the first match day against Hoffenheim. Last season, he missed a total of 16 matches to the same injury — not to mention dashing his hopes of playing in the World Cup for France.
In a recent interview with TF1 in France (Télé-Loisirs; cf. Kicker), Coman expressed his worry that another ankle injury that would require an operation could potentially lead him to retire from football altogether. Experiencing the injury for the first time, he admitted, was incredibly difficult for him:
I’m very happy to be back on the pitch after a very difficult year. When I hurt myself, for me, it was the end of the world, because I had put my whole life in order for the World Cup.
Having had to live through the experience twice within the past twelve months has taken a massive mental, emotional, and physical toll on the 22-year-old, so much so that he feels that another injury could spell the end for his playing career:
If I need a third operation, I don’t think I’ll do it. If I hurt myself again (...) enough is enough! Maybe my foot isn’t made for the high level and I’ll move on with my life.
For the sake of curiosity, it would be interesting to see what Coman would do if he weren’t playing football, but for such a bright, young talent, it’d be an absolute shame if he suffered another major injury setback. Bayern have looked a reinvigorated side ever since both he and Thiago returned to action in the 2-1 win over Werder Bremen, so hopefully he can stay fit as long as possible and avoid another long spell on the sidelines.
Coman himself is just happy to be out on the pitch again and wants to keep playing:
I’m content with little today. If I can recover my form after the winter break and keep going, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world.