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Injury update: Bayern Munich have once again run out of wingers

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Serge Gnabry’s Achilles problems are more serious than once thought, and Kingsley Coman’s return is still far away.

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The news just keeps getting better. Supporting Bayern Munich is truly a magnificent experience. Less than four days into the midseason winter training camp, both Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman have suffered injury setbacks. They might both miss the Ruckrunde opener against Hertha Berlin, and far more besides.

According to Bayern’s official website, Serge Gnabry will no longer be able join team training in Doha owing to persistent Achilles tendon problems. The German internation has so far only been able to complete running exercises, and coach Hansi Flick has not ruled out a premature return to Munich for his starting winger. Given the seriousness of a potential Achilles tendon problem, that might probably be for the best.

Kingsley Coman, meanwhile, is set to miss his targeted return date against Berlin, as well as the following game against Schalke. Coman, who suffered a capsular ligament tear against Tottenham Hotspur in January, was initially projected to be back rather early given the severity of his injury. This may be another example of the Bayern med team being overly-optimistic about player recovery times, as seen with Corentin Tolisso and Manuel Neuer before him.

At the very least, it appears that Robert Lewandowski is slowly regaining fitness following groin surgery. The Polish striker has resumed running training in Munich, and is on track to make it back in time for the Hertha game.

Hopefully, that timeline holds. And there are no more surprise delays on the injury front (looking at you, Lucas Hernandez). Given the current state of affairs, it’s inconceivable that Bayern will not buy anyone this winter transfer window. The bosses need to get to work.