Kingsley Coman opens up on cardiac arrhythmia scare

Toby Cudworth
Coman has found top form after a health scare
Coman has found top form after a health scare / Aurelien Meunier/GettyImages

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

The 25-year-old complained of a shortage of breath during Bayern Munich training and was taken to hospital to undergo further assessment.

It was there that tests showed that Coman had an irregular heartbeat, which essentially means that the electrical signals that coordinate the heart's beat were either causing it to 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 ruling the Argentine out of action for at least three months as they wish to keep him under observation. Coman, meanwhile, was operated on to enable long-term ECG monitoring.

Speaking about his condition, Coman has revealed to Telefoot that he was initially concerned about what the surgery would mean for his career, but now has full faith that he'll be able to perform better than ever.

"It was a cardiac arrhythmia, I'll let you look on Google," Coman said. "It's been a little while that it was aggravated, there were small attacks, small moments when I I was out of breath a lot faster.

"I thought it was going to be very complicated to continue playing like that, but in the end everything is fine, it's going even better than before.

"It gave me back the desire and a second wind."

Coman has shown tremendous form for Bayern since returning to action and he's also been given a new role by Didier Deschamps in France's national team. Against Kazakhstan, Coman was deployed at right wing-back in a commanding 8-0 win - a position that he says he can play despite not being a natural defender.

"I told him that I could. In my club [Bayern] I have evolved a little in the same position with the ball and the first time it went very well," he added. "Defensively I'm 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 that I have not yet had the chance to do'.