Alphonso Davies has seen an immediate return to action at Bayern Munich ruled out as the Bundesliga giants detected signs of heart muscle inflammation in a player who recently recovered from COVID-19.
The Canadian international defender missed a first outing of 2022 for the defending German champions after posting a positive coronavirus test result.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side suffered a 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in his absence, and the talented 21-year-old will not be back in contention any time soon after suffering another health problem.
His status for Canada’s World Cup qualifiers at the end of January is also in doubt.
How long is Alphonso Davies away?
Ahead of a trip to Cologne on Saturday, Bayern boss Nagelsmann told reporters while offering an update on Davies: “Yesterday, during our follow-up examination that we do with every player who has had COVID-19, we detected signs of mild myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.
He’s stopped training for now, so he won’t be available to us for the next few weeks.
“This myocarditis is not too dramatic on ultrasound, but rather signs of inflammation. However, it needs to heal and that will certainly take some time.”
According to a report citing the player’s agent, the duration of his absence will be at least four weeks.
Alphonso Davies’ agent, Nick Househ, tells me he spoke to Davies after an MRI showed Davies to have a “mild” case of myocarditis.
Davies, who received her Covid-19 vaccine booster in December, is feeling fine, Huoseh said.
Davies was sidelined for at least 4 weeks.
Huoseh: “Her biggest concern is getting bored.”
—Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) January 14, 2022
Matches Alphonso Davies will miss
Having been forced to extend a spell on the sidelines, it remains to be seen when Davies will be cleared to return to action.
He will definitely miss the January 15 clash with FC Koln, while Bayern visit Hertha Berlin on January 23.
An important home game with RB Leipzig will take place on February 5, before the team heads to Bochum a week later.
Nagelsmann’s team will return to Champions League competition on February 16, with the first leg of their round of 16 tie with Red Bull Salzburg taking them to Austria, and Davies can watch all those exits from afar.
However, further medical examinations will take place in Munich, allowing a more definitive timetable to be established for the buccaneer fullback’s recovery.
Will Davies miss out on qualifying for the World Cup in Canada?
Canada has a major series of World Cup qualifiers in late January that could position it to qualify for its first men’s World Cup since 1986. If Davies were forced to miss those games, it would be a huge blow to Canada’s hopes. to advance.
Canada’s men’s team currently sits first in the regional standings with six games remaining. Three of them will be played in January and February: in Honduras (January 27), against the USA (January 30) and in El Salvador (February 2). The top three teams get automatic berths for Qatar 2022.
Six points or more out of the nine points available from those three matches would put Canada in prime position to book a ticket to Qatar 2022.
Below is the full list of Canada’s previous results and upcoming matches in the quest for World Cup 2022 qualification.
|September 2, 2021||Canada one,Honduras one||Reflexes|
|September 5, 2021||U.S one, Canada one||Reflexes|
|September 8, 2021||Canada 3, The Savior 0||Reflexes|
|October 7, 2021||Mexico one, Canada one||Reflexes|
|October 10, 2021||Jamaica 0, Canada 0||Reflexes|
|October 13, 2021||Canada 4, Panama one||Reflexes|
|November 12, 2021||Canada one, Costa Rican 0||Reflexes|
|November 16, 2021||Canada two, Mexico one||Reflexes|
|January 27, 2022||Honduras vs. Canada||7:30 p.m. Eastern Time|
|January 30, 2022||Canada vs. United States||3:05 p.m. Eastern Time|
|February 2, 2022||El Salvador vs. Canada||8:00 p.m. Eastern time|
|March 24, 2022||Costa Rica vs. Canada||Determined|
|March 27, 2022||Canada vs. Jamaica||Determined|
|March 30, 2022||Panama vs Canada||Determined|