For the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury during Bayern Munich’s win over Hertha Berlin, Kingsley Coman ran on the pitch at Säbener Strasse on Friday. Just one week before Coman picked up his hamstring injury, he had re-injured his left ankle during Bayern’s win at Augsburg. It was the same ankle that had kept him on the sidelines for the majority of last season.
Between the league matches against Augsburg and Berlin, Coman completed an 82 minute shift against Liverpool in the Champions League after being deemed fit by Bayern’s medical staff. Although there was a certain level of risk with playing Coman against Liverpool, the medical team’s positive assessment made Niko Kovac’s decision to start him a lot easier in what was guaranteed to be a momentous match.
How long Coman will need before he can rejoin the team remains to be seen. Bayern’s staff should certainly be well prepared in assessing Coman’s troubles given the amount of injuries he’s had. As we’ve seen in the past with Manuel Neuer, rushing a player back too quickly can be costly, so Kovac and his staff will want to make sure Coman is 100% before they put him back in the lineup. Running on the pitch is a massive milestone that all Bayern fans will certainly welcome, though!