Kingsley Coman opens up for fear of heart rhythm


Kingsley Coman says that the operation he underwent in September to correct cardiac arrhythmia has dampened fears he had about being able to continue playing at the top level.

The 25-year-old complained of shortness of breath during Bayern Munich training and was taken to hospital for further evaluation.

It was there that tests showed that Coman had an irregular heartbeat, which essentially means that the electrical signals that coordinate the heartbeat either made it go too fast or too slow. In Coman’s case, it was the former.

Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero has recently encountered similar symptoms, with doctors who have ruled the Argentine out of action for at least three months because they want to keep him under observation. Coman was operated on in the meantime to enable long-term ECG monitoring.

Speaking about his condition, Coman has revealed to Telefoot that he was initially worried about what the operation would mean for his career, but now he has full confidence that he will be able to perform better than ever.

“It was a cardiac arrhythmia, I’m letting you look at Google,” Coman said. “It’s been a while since it got worse, there were small attacks, small moments when II became short of breath much faster.

“I thought it would be very complicated to continue playing like that, but in the end everything is fine, it goes even better than before.

“It gave me back the desire and a second breeze.”

Coman has shown fantastic form for Bayern since returning to action and he has also been given a new role by Didier Deschamps in the French national team. Against Kazakhstan, Coman was placed as a right-back in a commanding 8-0 win – a position he says he can play even though he is not a natural defender.

“I told him I could. In my club [Bayern] I have developed a bit in the same position with the ball and the first time it went very well “, he added.” Defensively I am not the strongest, for an offensive player I defend as best I can. What is certain is that this is not my best position.

France’s victory sealed their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, allowing Coman to look forward to a “childhood dream I have not yet had the chance to make”.

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