Unfortunately, there’s already some bad news on the injury front for Bayern Munich, and we’re only half way through the international break. Both Kingsley Coman and David Alaba have sustained injuries with their respective squads (France and Austria) that will be cause for some concern for Niko Kovac.
Alaba started and played the full 90 minutes in Austria’s 1-0 Euro 2020 qualifier loss to Robert Lewandowski’s Poland, but he will not travel with the team to Israel for their next qualifier. Per a report by Az, the 26-year old is suffering from an “ongoing muscular problem” and he faces a tight battle to be fit on time for Bayern’s match against SC Freiburg on March 30th at the Schwarzwald-Stadion. Alaba had just been working his way back from some minor tendon irritation, but it’s unclear whether or not his muscular problem has any relation to that. Hopefully for Bayern, he’ll be fit on time for Freiburg, who proved to be a tricky opponent when the two sides met at the Allianz Arena in November and drew 1-1.
Coman was supposed to start for France in their qualifier against Moldova, but he pulled up with an injury during the warm-ups before that match. Per a report by French outlet Sports.fr, Coman suffered from some back and thigh pain during France’s warm-up routine and Blaise Matuidi took his place in the starting lineup. Speaking to L’Equipe after the win over Moldova, French manager Didier Deschamps said that Coman would be assessed by Les Bleus’s medical staff to determine whether or not he can be involved in France’s next qualifier against Iceland in Saint-Denis. Deschamps also made a point of saying he doesn’t want to take any unnecessary risks, so if he feels it’s not worth it, Coman could be heading back to Sabener Strasse a bit earlier than he would’ve expected, which wouldn’t be the worst thing for Bayern.