Due to an injury to the inner ligament, newcomer Manu Koné missed the ongoing preparation for Borussia. Despite this setback, the Frenchman is aggressive and motivated.
After Manu Koné suffered an inner ligament injury in the first week of the ongoing preparation, his start at Borussia is difficult. However, the 20-year-old, who was signed by Toulouse FC for nine million euros, wants to be back on the field soon.
In the coming week it is planned that Koné will start running training. But it is probably not a real option for the Bundesliga start.
“It’s getting better slowly. There is still some pain. I’ll be back on the field in three or four weeks. At the moment I’m doing a lot of strength training for my knee and in the coming week I’ll start running again,” explained Koné on the sidelines of the ongoing training camp to the press representatives (via borussia.de).
It will be more than tight for the start against FC Bayern on August 13th, the cup game on August 9th in Kaiserslautern will definitely come too early.
The unfortunate start with his new employer, however, does not change Koné’s self-confident nature.
“I believe in my quality. And I’m sure that I can help the team when I’m fit. I know that the difference between the French second division and the Bundesliga is big. I noticed that in the first training sessions . But I believe in my strength and if I show it, I will hopefully be able to assert myself in the Bundesliga, “assured the midfielder.
It is still unclear how coach Adi Hütter will plan with the new addition. Because Koné can best be described as a more offensive Zakaria – the French himself also shares this assessment.
“I can play in six, eight and ten positions. I think I can describe myself as physically strong, very robust in a duel. In the offensive movement I am very dynamic and, in my opinion, I have one very good good shot, “said Koné.
The former Toulouse captain could also have a say in the debate about the lack of volume on the pitch.
“There were six leading players at Toulouse and the coach wanted a young one among them. That was me. The coach then decided that I should be the captain. I like to take responsibility on the pitch, that’s why I was elected captain.” explained Koné.
Since a specific date for his debut cannot be named at the moment, you will simply have to be patient to see the youngster in action. But this circumstance did not prevent the player from making a small declaration of war,
“First of all, I want to integrate well here and as many missions as possible – and that we can achieve our goals with Borussia,” Koné let the reporters know.