Bayern relief as Kingsley Coman cleared for Reds test


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Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman has been ruled fit to play in their Champions League last-16 first leg at Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Coman scored two goals as Bayern twice came from behind to win 3-2 at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday but he turned his ankle towards the end of the game and had to be taken off.

There were initial fears that Coman might miss out on the trip to Merseyside, though his club were quick to rule him in for the crunch clash against Jurgen Klopp’s team.

“After a detailed medical examination on Saturday morning the Frenchman got the all-clear fortunately and is therefore an option for the Champions League round of 16 first leg in Liverpool on Tuesday,” Bayern said in a statement.

Coman, 22, has been plagued by injury in the past few seasons, resulting in him missing France’s triumphant World Cup campaign last summer in Russia.

He was the key man on Friday evening and could be vital once more at Anfield. Leon Goretzka turned into his own net in the opening minute to give Augsburg a flying start but Coman levelled on 17 minutes only for Ji Dong-won to fire Augsburg back in front.

The Bayern winger levelled for a second time deep into first-half stoppage time, giving his side the platform from which David Alaba scored their winner early in the second half to cut the deficit on Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund to just two points.

Dortmund visit bottom side Nurnberg on Monday evening. Bayern are still favourites at 1.80 to win the Bundesliga this season, with Dortmund 1.95 to halt their quest for seven straight titles.

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