Bayern Munich will be without Kingsley Coman until after the Bundesliga's mid-season break, but the winger suffered no serious damage after sustaining a knee injury against Tottenham.

Coman, who had opened the scoring, went off early in the Champions League encounter at Allianz Arena after appearing to suffer a hyperextension of his left knee while attempting to chase down an errant pass.

Bayern then said Coman had suffered a "capsule tear in the left knee" but a further update from the club on Thursday delivered a more positive update.

The France international is expected to be fit enough to return to action next month, says the club's chief medical officer Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt.

"Naturally, we were all extremely worried at first. But Kingsley is very lucky," Muller-Wohlfahrt told the club's official website.

"Our tests have shown that he will only miss the next three games and will be back in time to join mid-season training in Doha."

Coman has endured terrible injury problems during his young career, missing three months of action at the start of the season due to ankle ligament damage sustained on the opening weekend.

The attacker previously signalled he would consider early retirement if his injury issues persisted, torn knee ligaments and serious ankle problems having marred his 2016-17 season.

"It was a very difficult year," Coman told TF1. "When I hurt myself, it was the end of the world for me.

"I hope I don't have to relive what I've been through, enough is enough. I will not accept a third operation – it will mean maybe my foot is not made for this level. I will then lead another life, an anonymous life."

Liverpool lead the way with 10 nominations for the EA Sports FIFA Team of the Year.

The race to sign Erling Haaland has taken another turn.

According to reports, the in-demand striker flew to Germany on Wednesday to hold talks with Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland has become one of Europe's hottest properties following a prolific run of form for Salzburg.

 

TOP STORY – HAALAND MEETS WITH DORTMUND

Could talented teenager Haaland be the next bright young forward to join Bundesliga side Dortmund?

Local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten and Radio 91.2 claim the Norwegian and his high-profile agent Mino Raiola arrived at Dortmund Airport and were met by a BVB official the day after Salzburg's Champions League loss to Liverpool.

Haaland played 75 minutes against the holders but was unable to add to his impressive eight-goal haul in Europe this season.

Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid are among the other heavyweights reportedly showing interest in the 19-year-old.

 

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- Salzburg could be about to part with more than one highly-rated attacker. The Telegraph says Premier League outfit Wolves are preparing to make a move for Hwang Hee-chan, who could cost around £21million (€25m).

- Roma will allow Alessandro Florenzi to leave for €25m in January, claims CalcioMercato. Inter are said to be his strongest suitors, with fellow Serie A sides Napoli and Fiorentina also in contention.

- Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is unhappy with his reduced role under interim boss Hansi Flick and is thinking of returning to Spain, reports Bild.

- Spain Under-21 international Carles Alena is set to join Real Betis on loan from LaLiga leaders Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.

- ESPN reporter Julien Laurens believes this season will be Thomas Tuchel's last in charge of Paris Saint-Germain. Tuchel has been heavily linked to Bundesliga champions Bayern.

Kingsley Coman faces another injury lay-off after sustaining a capsule tear and pulled tendon in his left knee during Bayern Munich's 3-1 win over Tottenham on Wednesday.

Coman was replaced just prior to the half-hour of the Champions League encounter at Allianz Arena after appearing to suffer a hyperextension while attempting to chase down an errant pass midweek.

The France international had earlier opened the scoring and appeared exasperated with his bad luck as he received treatment on the touchline.

Coman has a history of ankle problems and suffered lateral collateral ligament damage in his knee in 2016.

"The diagnosis of club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt late Wednesday evening revealed a capsule tear in the left knee," read a Bayern statement.

"In addition, Coman has pulled the biceps tendon and compressed the knee joint. The knee is immobilised with a splint for some time."

The setback places Coman in doubt for the club's three remaining Bundesliga fixtures before the mid-season break.

Bayern went on to secure victory against a weakened Tottenham team but interim head coach Hansi Flick admitted: "His injury obviously overshadows the win."

Thomas Muller replaced Coman in the 27th minute and restored the home side's advantage on the stroke of half-time, Ryan Sessegnon having equalised for Spurs.

Philippe Coutinho put the seal on a perfect Group B campaign with a classy curling finish after the interval, delighting his coach.

"It's important for him to have such a great feeling of success," Flick said of the Brazilian, who is on loan from LaLiga champions Barcelona.

"Things went well in the first half, the second half was even better. It was important for him he scored a goal today.

"I'm happy with the way we played. We kept trying to break our opponents down, we created chances that we didn't take, but still won 3-1, deservedly."

The result sealed a Champions League record for Bayern, who were already assured of finishing above second-placed Spurs.

The Bavarians' six victories and +19 goal difference cemented their status as the best group winners in the competition's history.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho praised Ryan Sessegnon's display in their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League - but feels the youngster still has a lot to learn.

Sessegnon scored his maiden goal for Spurs during an eye-catching Champions League debut at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

It was also the 19-year-old's first start for the club since his move from Fulham and Mourinho was suitably impressed, albeit adding there is plenty of room for improvement.

"That is the quality we know he has. He arrives always in dangerous positions and he is a good finisher," Mourinho told BT Sport.

"He has a lot to improve. He lost too many individual duels and he has to learn how to use his body. 

"He was playing experienced players and has a lot to develop, but the potential is there."

Sessegnon became Tottenham's youngest scorer in the Champions League when he netted in the 20th minute of the game - and he hopes the goal can help ignite his career with the club.

He said: "I felt good. I was a bit tired at the end but to get the goal on my first start is a special moment.

"Definitely this can help kick-start my Tottenham career. I was injured when I got here and it was difficult at the start.

"I am back in the team now and just want to get more minutes under my belt."

With both Spurs and Bayern already qualified from Group B, Mourinho opted to take a look at some of his fringe players during the game in Germany.

"It was a good match for me," he said. "I don't want to speak about conclusions because it is too strong of a word.

"But I would say some important information. Today I also learn a lot about Juan Foyth, who until today did not play a minute for me before.

"We played a good team and it was a good test. Of course, I would prefer to win or draw. I would prefer to score in the last minute and lose 3-2 rather than 3-1. 

"But we knew the match was important for other reasons and we did not want a result which left a shadow on us."

Bayern Munich set a new Champions League benchmark when they completed a perfect Group B campaign with Wednesday's comfortable 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho were on the scoresheet as the Bundesliga champions improved their points haul to a maximum 18 from six games.

Bayern finished well clear of second-placed Spurs, and the combination of points and positive goal difference – a commanding +19 – confirmed them as the best group winners in the competition's history.

The highlight was undoubtedly the 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham in London at the start of October, a result that seemed to hasten Mauricio Pochettino's downfall.

Bayern changed their own head coach in November, moving Niko Kovac aside, but interim boss Hansi Flick oversaw victories against Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade and then last season's beaten finalists to complete a highly successful group stage campaign.

Bayern and Tottenham will be both in the draw for the last 16, which takes place in Nyon on Monday.

Bayern Munich completed a perfect Group B campaign with a 3-1 win over a weakened Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Both clubs had already confirmed their places in the knockout stage, and several starting XI changes - including six made by Jose Mourinho - led to an open affair.

Bayern were superior for long periods after Kingsley Coman's early opener, although Ryan Sessegnon marked his full Tottenham debut with the equaliser six minutes later.

Thomas Muller replaced an injured Coman and restored Bayern's advantage on the stroke of half-time before Phillipe Coutinho curled the Bundesliga side out of sight, the goal confirming a second defeat for Mourinho in charge of pool runners-up Spurs.

Tottenham were given two warnings before Coman cushioned Serge Gnabry's deflected pass and stroked the 14th-minute opener into the bottom-right corner.

Spurs quickly responded through Sessegnon. The 19-year-old rifled past Manuel Neuer at the near post after Jerome Boateng turned the ball into his path and, in the process, became Tottenham's youngest Champions League goalscorer.

But after losing Coman to a suspected hyperextension of his left knee, Bayern's advantage was restored by replacement Muller, making amends following a gilt-edged Thiago Alcantara miss on the rebound from a Gnabry shot against the post.

Muller was perfectly placed to convert the loose ball in the 45th minute after the upright denied Alphonso Davies at close range.

There was time left in a breathless first half for Coutinho to unleash a long-range shot that Gazzaniga tipped against the crossbar.

The Brazilian would not be denied in the 64th minute, his curling finish from the edge of the area giving the besieged Tottenham goalkeeper no chance.

Son Heung-min appeared off the bench for Spurs but the Premier League outfit were largely toothless in the absence of the rested Harry Kane as they slumped to a second loss in three games in all competitions.

Kingsley Coman was forced off with a suspected knee problem shortly after scoring the opener for Bayern Munich in their Champions League game against Tottenham.

The winger guided the Bundesliga side ahead in the 14th minute at Allianz Arena but had to make way prior to the half-hour mark following an awkward fall on the touchline.

As he chased down an errant pass, Coman's right knee appeared to get stuck in the turf before becoming hyperextended as his weight transferred forward.

The 23-year-old France international, who has a history of ankle injuries, received treatment and looked to be exasperated by his misfortune. 

Thomas Muller replaced Coman and restored Bayern's lead before the interval, Ryan Sessegnon having equalised for Spurs.

Hansi Flick's side entered the match with top spot in Group B already confirmed, while Tottenham are assured of finishing second.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has his sights set on a slice of Champions League history when Tottenham visit the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

The Poland international needs two goals against Jose Mourinho's side to claim the record for goals in the group stage of a single campaign – an honour held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 11 in 2015-16 for Real Madrid.

Atletico Madrid will book their place in the last 16 if they beat Lokomotiv Moscow, while Shakhtar Donetsk will join Manchester City in progressing from Group C if they overcome Atalanta.

In Group A, already-qualified Paris Saint-Germain host Galatasaray and Real Madrid – who have also booked their place in the knockout stages – travel to Club Brugge.

Here is the pick of the key Opta facts for Wednesday's eight matches.

Club Brugge v Real Madrid

7 - This is the seventh Champions League group stage campaign which Club Brugge have failed to progress from. No side has ever competed in more group stages without progressing from any in the history of the competition.

2 - Karim Benzema has scored two goals in each of his last two Champions League games. Only four players have scored two or more in three consecutive games - Giovane Elber (2001), Filippo Inzaghi (2002), Cristiano Ronaldo (2013, twice in 2017) and Lewandowski (2018).

Paris Saint-Germain v Galatasaray

18 - PSG striker Kylian Mbappe has scored 18 goals in 29 appearances in the Champions League. If he scores twice in this game, Mbappe would become the youngest player in the competition's history to reach 20 goals, aged 20 years and 356 days.

1 - Galatasaray scored their first goal of the 2019-20 Champions League campaign in their last game against Club Brugge, ending a run of 38 shots without scoring from the start of the campaign. In total, they have only scored once from 43 shots in the competition this term.

Bayern Munich v Tottenham

16 - Bayern Munich had 16 shots on target in their 6-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on matchday five; the most by a team in this season's Champions League. Bayern last had more in a Champions League game in October 2013 against Viktoria Plzen (18).

2 - New Spurs manager Mourinho has lost both of his previous away games against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, losing in the quarter-finals with Chelsea in 2004-05 and the semi-finals with Real Madrid in 2011-12.

Olympiacos v Red Star Belgrade

1 - Olympiacos have picked up just one point from their five Champions League games this season. Only in 2017-18 (one) have they picked up one point or fewer from a completed group stage.

19 - Red Star have conceded 19 goals in their five Champions League games this season, more than any other side. There have been just five occasions of a team conceding 20+ goals in a single group stage in the competition, most recently by Legia Warsaw in 2016-17 (24).

Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City

5 - Dinamo Zagreb have picked up five points in this season's Champions League. Only in 1998-99 (eight points) have they won more in a single group stage in the competition. 

19 - City’s Raheem Sterling has scored 19 goals in 46 appearances in the Champions League. He could become the sixth Englishman to reach 20 goals in the competition after Wayne Rooney (30), Paul Scholes (24), Frank Lampard (23), Steven Gerrard (21) and Harry Kane (20). Should Sterling score in his 47th appearance, he would be the second quickest Englishman to 20 Champions League goals after Kane (24 appearances).

Shakhtar Donetsk v Atalanta

5 - Shakhtar Donetsk are without a win in each of their last five Champions League home games (drawn three, lost two). It is their longest ever winless run at home in the competition.

2 - Atalanta have lost their last two away games in the Champions League, conceding nine goals in the process. They last lost three consecutive away matches in all European competition back in October 1987.

Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow

2 - Atletico Madrid have lost consecutive matches in the Champions League; they've never lost three in a row in the competition. The Spanish side last lost three consecutive games in all European competitions back in October 1984 in the UEFA Cup.

0 - Lokomotiv Moscow have never won an away game against Spanish opposition in all European competition, losing six of their seven such games and failing to score in each defeat.

Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus

3 - Bayer Leverkusen have benefited from three own goals in this season's Champions League, with only two teams benefiting from more in a single campaign: Inter in 2002-03 (four) and Barcelona in 2017-18 (five).

27 - Juventus forward Ronaldo has scored 27 goals in 24 Champions League appearances against German clubs; the most a single player has accumulated against sides from a particular nation in the competition's history.

Jose Mourinho says he cannot imagine taking charge of Bayern Munich as he is so settled at new club Tottenham.

Mourinho was appointed by Spurs last month, replacing Mauricio Pochettino, and has steered his side into the next round of the Champions League.

The former Manchester United boss had previously been linked with Bayern, who have also sacked a coach this season, dispensing with Niko Kovac's services after poor domestic displays.

Mourinho's contract at Tottenham runs until the end of the 2022-23 season, and the Portuguese does not expect to join Bayern in the future.

"I don't imagine myself in the Bayern job because I'm so happy at Tottenham," Mourinho told reporters ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash between the sides.

Spurs were hammered 7-2 at home by Bayern earlier in the group stage, but Mourinho has opted to leave stars including Harry Kane at home, with Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier also not included in the travelling squad.

Teenage striker Troy Parrott has been tipped to make his Champions League debut, and Mourinho wants Spurs' squad players to take their chance to shine.

"It's an important game because we represent Tottenham. Tottenham is Tottenham," he added. "It always gives us a sense of responsibility.

"We cannot finish first [in the group], we cannot have that privilege. The result is not going to change anything. 

"One thing I'm not having is time, time to know all my players well, and this is also a great opportunity for some of them to play, to show what they are capable of. 

"Some of my boys, they haven't had the chance to play for me in these five matches since I arrived. So we've tried to mix these factors. We need to play for Tottenham and this is the responsibility, but at the same time, there are other things. 

"The Premier League is a special competition, it's not just the number of matches but the intensity, and we are going to have an incredible number of fixtures until the new year.

"I think it's understandable that we are going to make a few changes and rest a few players.

"I think if I remember Tottenham since I came back to England for my second spell, I think this is basically the profile of the club.

"You always have some experienced players and some younger players. The Spurs supporters they like to see the young boys coming from the academy and from other clubs in world football."

Tottenham have rested Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier for their Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho announced after the 5-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday that star striker Kane would not be making the trip to the Allianz Arena for a dead rubber in Group B.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Alli, Vertonghen and Aurier will also remain in the United Kingdom ahead of a trip to Wolves on Sunday.

Troy Parrott is reportedly set to lead the line in Munich for Tottenham, who are guaranteed to finish second behind leaders Bayern.

Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Tanguy Ndombele, Michel Vorm and Harry Winks are still sidelined.

Hansi Flick admits he is fighting for his future at Bayern Munich as he battles to make a case to stay in charge of the first team.

Bayern's interim head coach, appointed after Nico Kovac departed in November, may be in the frame to stay at the helm until the end of the season.

Several leading coaches are expected to be available, or more easily prised away from their current teams.

And if Flick can prove himself a safe pair of hands, that could be helpful for Bayern as they plan for the long term under a new boss – with Flick potentially a candidate if he can deliver trophies.

After starting with four impressive wins, Bayern head into Wednesday's Champions League final group game against Tottenham on the back of two straight Bundesliga defeats.

Those losses, to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, have come despite strong performances from Bayern, who have four games remaining before the Bundesliga's mid-season break.

Yet Flick knows results are all-important, and he said: "Of course, if I want to stay on then I have to win the next couple of games. But I want to win those four games one way or another.

"There are four games left; anything is possible. We're going to sit down with the officials after the Wolfsburg game ... after the last game [before Christmas]."

Flick said the 2-1 defeat to Gladbach on Saturday was "really, really annoying", with Bayern gifting away a late penalty, yet he is looking to stay level-headed.

"I didn't run laps around the stadium and across the pitch after the first four wins, so I'm not going to go crazy now," Flick said at a news conference.

"The team has fantastic quality and we want to keep showing that, and then of course score goals as well."

Star striker Robert Lewandowski has not netted in the last two games, after a four-goal haul against Red Star Belgrade in a 6-0 Champions League away win.

"We have plenty of players who can score, and players who have to step up and should step up and take responsibility," Flick said.

"Of course he's an important player for us, but I don't think we're totally dependent on his goals that would be too easy."

That message was echoed by forward Thomas Muller, who said Bayern are eager to make it six wins from six in the group stage. Both they and Tottenham are assured of places in the last 16, with Bayern sure to win Group B.

"We want to recapture the feeling of winning so we can reap the reward for all the hard work we are putting in, and the hard work we did put in in the past two games despite the defeats," Muller said.

"I think we can all agree the performances were pretty decent in the last two games that we lost. We need the reward now and we want to take the confidence into the Bundesliga."

Muller recognised the importance of Lewandowski's prolific contribution this season. The Polish striker needs two goals against Spurs, who are now led by Jose Mourinho, to claim the record for the most goals in the group stage of a single campaign – currently held by Cristiano Ronaldo after his haul of 11 in 2015-16 for Real Madrid.

"The fact we need his goals is clear," Muller said. "He will keep scoring goals. He has huge quality.

"Of course, we would benefit from more options, more potential scorers, more people who can score, who want to score, who regularly score, and so that's a challenge for the other attacking players, including me.

"We have to step up and take responsibility."

With Neymar's future far from certain, Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly planning for life without the star forward.

Neymar appears to covet a Barcelona reunion, after leaving the LaLiga champions two years ago.

Should Neymar's wish be granted, an African sensation lighting up Anfield is said to be on the agenda.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR OUT, MANE IN

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain want Liverpool star Sadio Mane to replace Neymar, report France Football and Mundo Deportivo.

PSG star Neymar wanted to leave Paris during the previous transfer window, but a proposed return to Barcelona did not materialise.

Doubts remain over Neymar – who left Barca for PSG in a €222million transfer in 2017 – and the French powerhouse are said to have identified Mane should the Brazilian depart the capital.

 

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- According to Calciomercato, Napoli have agreed a deal for former Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso to replace head coach Carlo Ancelotti. It comes with Ancelotti on the brink amid a nine-match winless streak ahead of Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash against Genk.

Manchester City are set to rival Chelsea for Bournemouth's Nathan Ake, says Sky Sports. Chelsea want to bring Ake back to Stamford Bridge following his exit in 2017. However, Premier League champions City are reportedly interested amid their defensive woes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered an 18-month contract by Napoli, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. The 38-year-old is a free agent after leaving MLS outfit LA Galaxy and he has been linked to Milan and Inter.

- Sport claims Inter want to sign either Ivan Rakitic or Arturo Vidal from Barcelona in January. Antonio Conte is determined to bolster his squad as Inter challenge for Scudetto honours and juggle Champions League commitments. Rakitic has also been linked to Serie A holders Juventus.

Everton hope to have Vitor Pereira installed as manager for Sunday's Premier League fixture at Manchester United, according to Sky Sports. After sacking Marco Silva, the Toffees are ready to offer the Shanghai SIPG coach a three-year deal. It comes as Sky Sports also reports former Arsenal boss Unai Emery was approached about the Everton job.

- The Mirror says Manchester United are ready to show their faith in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by backing him in moves for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez and Salzburg sensation Erling Haaland. The spotlight was on Solskjaer following a poor run of form and Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham exit. However, the Norwegian has overseen consecutive victories over Tottenham and Manchester City.

Bayern Munich and Manchester City are monitoring the progress of Rangers teenager Kai Kennedy, says the Daily Record.

Hansi Flick blamed Bayern Munich's lack of clinical finishing for a 2-1 loss at Borussia Monchengladbach that left the Bundesliga champions seven points adrift of the summit.

Bayern seemed to be bouncing back strongly from their home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen last time out, enjoying a dominant first half, with Ivan Perisic firing in the opener shortly after the restart.

But they failed to get a crucial second and Gladbach, who only had one shot in the first 45 minutes, equalised when Ramy Bensebaini headed home Jonas Hofmann's corner.

Bayern's inability to kill the game came back to haunt them at the death as substitute defender Javi Martinez needlessly brought down Marcus Thuram in the box.

Martinez was shown a second yellow card and Bensebaini tucked home the penalty to keep Gladbach top of the table.

"It is important that we play football well, on the one hand," interim head coach Flick said. "We did that in the first half and created a lot of chances. 

"Of course it is annoying that we do not make the most of the possibilities, so we leave Gladbach in the game. 

"This is a situation we would normally have had to close earlier. Just as it was against Leverkusen last week. The team has the quality to score goals. 

"Unfortunately, we do not do it at the moment. In the end, it's just that the football is settled with goals."

Flick added that Jerome Boateng had to be replaced by Martinez having struggled through the game due to an injury problem.

Flick's opposite number Marco Rose has had a remarkable impact since taking charge of the Foals but he accepted Gladbach had to ride their luck to close out a sixth straight league win at home. 

"We saw two different halves. In the first half we barely had possession," he said. 

"There is always a difference between what you do against Bayern and how you implement it on the pitch. 

"We continued to play for victory and that rewarded us with the penalty goal. In the end, it is certainly a lucky victory, but it helps us a lot in the development."

Ramy Bensebaini scored an injury-time penalty as Borussia Monchengladbach beat Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 2-1 in a thrilling top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

Bayern, who lost at home to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, dominated the first half but could not open the scoring until shortly after the restart, Ivan Perisic on target with a fine finish.

Their lead was short-lived at Borussia-Park, however, as Bensebaini's header drew Gladbach level within 11 minutes to set up a gripping finale.

Javi Martinez conceded a late penalty for fouling Marcus Thuram - and was sent off - with Bensebaini staying cool to beat Manuel Neuer and leave Bayern seven points behind leaders Gladbach.

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