Well this just came out of the blue. Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann just announced in his pregame presser that Kingsley Coman will be sidelined for the time being due to heart issues. The Frenchman apparently underwent an operation to correct the problem, and is set to start cardio training on Monday. The coach reckons that he won’t be out for longer than a week-and-a-half.
Of course, you can’t mention heart problems these days without sending football fans into a panic. After what happened to Christian Eriksen at the Euros this summer, fans are acutely aware of a frightening truth — that even fit, healthy footballers can be suddenly struck down by their own cardiovascular system. Nagelsmann seems to realize this, and goes on provide reassuring details on Coman’s own condition:
JN on Coman's condition: "It's not as bad as it sounds. Many people have that. He said every now and then he didn't always breathe well. He underwent several exams. He was then in the German heart center. He is doing very well. When the wound heals, he'll start training again" pic.twitter.com/GzumIsYS1B— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@iMiaSanMia_en) September 17, 2021
Naturally, even if the Frenchman becomes ready to play by the time Bayern host Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League (around 1.5 weeks from now), you can be sure that the club will be very conservative with his treatment and make sure that he’s in tip top condition before being allowed back on the pitch. If that means Coman has to sit out a few extra games, then so be it. You can’t rush someone’s recovery.