Kingsley Coman left Bayern Munich’s match against Augsburg in stoppage time today and did not return to the field. Coman easily put in a man-of-the-match performance, scoring twice for Bayern in the first half and providing an assist on the decisive third goal. But lengthy runs of good luck are hard to come by for the young Frenchman. His day was marred by a stoppage-time injury on the very ankle on that has required two serious surgeries.
Augsburg’s Kevin Danso accidentally cleated Coman on the left ankle a minute into stoppage time. Coman gave a cry and went down to the pitch immediately. The team doctor and as assistant immediately treated the winger and could be seen examining his ankle on the broadcast. After a few minutes on the sideline, Coman limped off the field and down the tunnel with the medical crew.
2 Tore. 1 Assist. Aber wieder das linke Sprunggelenk bei #Coman. Sah nicht gut aus. @SPORT1 pic.twitter.com/wwg7c35LYN— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) February 15, 2019
Head coach Niko Kovac said afterward (Bild), “According to the doctors, it doesn’t look good, but we have to wait for the examinations.” Coman told French media in December 2018 that he would quit soccer if he suffered a third serious injury to the same ankle:
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.
The only positive right now is that Coman was able to walk off the pitch under his own power. We will post an update on his status once the team makes an official announcement.
Needless to say, it looks very unlikely that Coman will be able to play against Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 next week.
5:15 pm — AZ’s Patrick Strasser:
Kovac (ziemlich blass um die Nase) zu Comans Verletzung: "Kingsley hat sich verletzt, er hat Schmerzen. Es ist wieder eine Bändergeschichte, das wäre sehr ärgerlich." Morgen Kernspin. Kovac schließt Einsatz in Liverpool nicht aus. #FCAFCB— Patrick Strasser (@AZ_Strasser) February 15, 2019
Kovac (quite pale around the nose) about Coman’s injury: “Kingsley is injured; he’s in pain. It’s something with the ligaments; that would be very upsetting.” MRI tomorrow. Kovac isn’t ruling out playing against Liverpool.
Mats Hummels, as quoted by Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg:
Ein besorgter @matshummels zu Coman: „(...) Wir hoffen einfach, dass er fit ist. Denn man sieht, was er für ein herausragender Spieler ist (...) Wenn er am Sprunggelenk behandelt wird, jagt es uns schon immer einen Schauer über den Rücken.“ @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) February 16, 2019
A concerned Mats Hummels about Coman: “(...) We simply hope that he’s fit. Because you can see what an outstanding player he is (...) If he’s treated on his ankle, it always sends a shiver down our spine.”