Alphonso Davies’ return from a COVID-19 fight has been put on hold, with Bayern Munich claiming the Canadian star is showing signs of heart muscle inflammation.
The 21-year-old from Edmonton has been sidelined as his participation is uncertain for Canada’s World Cup qualifiers later this month.
Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann said in a pre-match press conference on Friday that the issue was spotted during the follow-up review that all players who have had COVID undergo.
“He will not be training until further notice. He will not be available, also in the coming weeks,” Nagelsmann said in German.
“The ultrasound shows that this myocarditis is not that dramatic but it is a sign of myocarditis. Yet it needs to heal and it will certainly take some time,” he added.
Myocarditis is a benign and temporary condition in the vast majority of cases, according to experts.
Bayern said last week Davies had tested positive and was feeling well while isolating himself at home. He was one of six Bayern players who returned to training on Wednesday after the COVID fighting.
Nagelsmann said Davies will now stop training until further notice to give his body time to recover. Bayern face Cologne on Saturday.
Davies won 35 caps for Canada with 10 goals and 15 assists.
Considered one of the best left-backs in the world, due to his pace and offensive flair, he plays in a more offensive position for Canada.
Canada is scheduled to play the World Cup qualifiers in Honduras (January 27), at home against the United States in Hamilton (January 30) and El Salvador (February 2).
The Canadians, who claimed to qualify for the World Cup for only the second time, currently lead the CONCACAF qualifying final round with a 4-0-4 record. They have six games left.
In March, the top three teams from the eight-team round robin will represent North America, Central America and the Caribbean in Qatar 2022. The fourth-place team will face an Oceania country in a playoff. intercontinental to see who will join them.
An exhausted Bayern lost 2-1 to Borussia M├╢nchengladbach on January 7 after the winter break, but still remain atop the German table with 14-3-1.
Manuel Neuer, Dayot Upamecano, Omar Richards, Leroy Sane and Tanguy Nianzou will all be back on the weekend team following their COVID infections.
“None of them are 100% fit. Some of them were showing symptoms. They are back in the squad, but none, except Manu, are ready to start or to play for a long time, ”Nagelsmann said.
Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman will both be out for the Cologne game. Goretzka is recovering from a knee problem as Coman suffered from a muscle injury before COVID.
Bayern are also without Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bouna Sarr (both at the Africa Cup of Nations), Lucas Hernandez (COVID) and Josip Stanisic (recovery training).
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 14, 2022
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