It was confirmed by Bayern Munich yesterday that Corentin Tolisso had suffered a thigh injury in training after attempting a shot towards the end of the session. He ruptured a tendon in his left thigh, which will require surgery to repair. Hansi Flick confirmed that he would be out for at least three months in his press conference previewing Bayern’s clash against Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend, but also offered his unwavering support for the Frenchman (Sport1).
It’s another massively unfortunate break for Tolisso, who’s career at Bayern has been plagued with injury problems. The timing of his thigh injury means he could very well miss the rest of Bayern’s season and would thus miss out on a spot in Didier Deschamps’ French squad for this summer’s European Championships as a result. It also adds big question marks as to his future at Bayern since his contract expires in 2022 and he’ll now miss a big portion of the rest of 2021. Still, though, Flick said he knows the quality Tolisso possesses. “He has just shown what qualities he has. I’m more than convinced of him. Coco needs rhythm and he would have got it now. I hope that everything went well and then we will support him,” he said.
Flick doubled down on his support of Tolisso by saying, “FC Bayern has shown time and again that they stick to the players and support them at times like this. This is what Bayern stood for and that’s how it will continue to be.”
After all of the major setbacks Tolisso has faced at Bayern, hopefully this is the last one for him. He’s shown what he’s capable of on his day a la Atletico Madrid in the Champions League earlier this season. He also jut opened his Bundesliga scoring account for this season with his header in the 3-3 draw against DSC Arminia Bielefeld in what was another big opportunity for him given that Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez were both still in coronavirus quarantine. Chances like this for Tolisso have been few and far between and he’s struggled to string together consecutive, strong performances, which he is undoubtedly capable of.
For Flick, Tolisso is just the latest player to join a list of players unavailable at the moment. Thomas Muller, Javi Martinez, Leon Goretzka, Benjamin Pavard, Serge Gnabry, Tanguy Nianzou, and Alexander Nubel are all definitely out for the match against Frankfurt and potentially even Lazio in the Champions League next week through either injury or coronavirus isolation.