The injury of Kingsley Coman is a heavy blow for Bayern Munich in the final spurt for the title yet to be awarded. Altstar Franck Ribéry could now offer a new chance.
It’s just been a week since Ribéry left the Allianz Arena visibly eaten. In the 5: 0 Bayern Munich in the Champions League against Besiktas the oldie was only short-time workers. Coach Jupp Heynckes had favored Coman youth as he did a few times this season – in such an important game.
The “Twilight of the Gods” seemed to be getting closer and closer. And now? Winger Coman suffered a rupture of the syndesmosis above the left ankle during Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Hertha BSC and was already operated on Monday. A return this season seems unlikely.
The bad luck of one, is the chance of the other: Ribéry is likely to benefit from the serious injury of his French compatriot, which is a real blow for the Munich in the final spurt by three titles. The soon-to-be-35-year-old will again get more time to work – even though he has not gotten the pace of a Coman any more – so he can better recommend himself to the record champion.
Heynckes speaks power word
The contract of Ribéry, but also of Arjen Robben expires in the summer. For weeks there are discussions and speculation, as it continues with the two oldies at Bayern, which have marked a successful era.
Also Robben had been out in the first knockout round first leg of the premier class against Besiktas initially. The Dutchman had subsequently revealed the disappointment about his failure to take on the starting eleven. Heynckes even felt obliged to make a clear statement to his stars.
“I do what I think is right, everyone must accept that, point,” he said, adding, “Healthy competition is always good, that’s more motivating.” And as if he had suspected that he must build on Ribéry, but also on Robben again strengthened in the future, Heynckes stressed only last Friday: One will have at both “still much joy.That will be quite, very important players in the next weeks. ”
Bavaria starts talks
And then? Bayern continue to play for time. The two “highly deserved players” would have a “great importance” for Bayern, said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently at “Sky”: “We know what we have in them.” But the club must also “think outside the box, is it still the right decision to go on for a year or to make the unpopular decision to initiate a change?”, Rummenigge explained the problem and spoke of a “gentle change”.
After all, there should have been initial talks on the future of “Robbery” in the leadership of the Bavarians. Tendency? Unknown. The two personal details probably also depend on who succeeds Heynckes from summer onwards.
Coman is the future
Rummenigge hinted that it may take a while. “We have to wait and see how the season goes, so we have to be patient and it may be a decision late,” he said.
Why the Bavarians hesitate, is obvious. Robben just turned 34, Ribéry celebrates his 35th birthday in April. How long can the two offensive players still hold their level? To whom the future belongs in Munich is clear: Kingsley Coman, for example. With him, Bayern last extended until 2023.