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Kingsley Coman injured in opener against TSG Hoffenheim; UPDATE: it looks bad

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A wild tackle by Nico Schulz has stopped Kingsley Coman’s season 45 minutes after it started.

Bayern Munich's French forward Kingsley Coman holds his knee during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany on August 24, 2018. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) / RESTRICTIONS: DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

The worst has happened: after terrorizing TSG Hoffenheim’s defense for nearly an entire half, Bayern Munich’s young dynamic winger Kingsley Coman was cynically taken out by Nico Schulz. The late, studs-up challenge tore up several feet of turf before the defender’s cleats plowed into the winger’s ankle.

Coman instantly went down and seemed to be seriously injured. He seemed to be aware of the severity of his injury within moments after hitting the pitch. Bayern’s medical team immediately rushed out and removed Coman’s left shoe to treat him.

Arjen Robben began warming up on the sidelines right away and soon received word that he would soon replace his injured teammate. Coman was helped off the pitch by two members of the medical team. He was unable to put any pressure on his injured left foot at all. They helped him down the tunnel and up the stairs into the heart of the Allianz.

UPDATE: “It looks bad”

Niko Kovac commented on Coman’s injury status briefly after the game. According to Bild,

It doesn’t look so good at the moment. He’s in serious pain. We’ll conduct an examination today. I hope that it’s nothing serious. But the fears definitely point that way.

Coman’s teammate Jerome Boateng already took to Twitter to wish the injured star a speedy recovery:

Sky Sports’ Thorben Hoffmann shared images of Coman leaving the Allianz Arena on crutches:

We will publish updates on Coman’s status as more becomes known.