The return of Alphonso Davies from a COVID-19 attack has been halted by Bayern Munich and said the Canadian star is showing signs of an inflammation of the heart muscle.
Canada Soccer says the 21-year-old from Edmonton has been ruled out of Canada’s three World Cup qualifiers in the FIFA international window that runs through January and February.
Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann told a press conference before the match on Friday that the problem was discovered in the follow-up investigation that all players who have undergone COVID.
“He will be on training until further notice. He will not be available, even 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. However, it needs to be cured and that will certainly take some time,” he added.
Myocarditis is a mild, temporary condition in the vast majority of cases, according to experts.
Asked if the myocarditis was caused by COVID, Nagelsmann said it was difficult to say.
“There are several reasons, especially viral load like the flu, for example, that can cause heart problems,” he said through an interpreter.
“That happened pre-corona for other players. Now the chance is higher if you combine corona and top athletics, that could cause other problems. But that is not relevant to us now. It is not relevant to the treatment. It does not matter whether Alphonso Davies had this from the flu or Omicron-Delta or whatever.That’s not really the deciding factor.
“The situation is that it’s absolutely horrible, horrible. What can I say? A bad situation for us.”
Bayern said last week that Davies had tested positive and felt good while isolating himself at home. He was one of six Bayern players who returned to training after COVID bouts on Wednesday.
Nagelsmann said Davies would now stop training until further notice to give his body time to recover. Bayern play Cologne on Saturday.
Davies has won 35 games for Canada with 10 goals and 15 assists.
Considered one of the best left-backs in the world because of his pace and offensive flair, he plays in a more offensive position for Canada.
Canada is scheduled to play World Cup qualifiers in Honduras (January 27), home to the US in Hamilton (Jan. 30) and in El Salvador (February 2).
The Canadian men, bidding to qualify for the World Cup for the second time ever, are currently above the final round of qualification in CONCACAF with a record of 4-0-4. They still have six games left.
Come March, the top three teams in the eight-team round robin will represent North and Central America and the Caribbean by Qatar 2022. The fourth place team will take on an Oceania country in an intercontinental playoff to see who’s t by her.
An impoverished Bayern lost 2-1 to Borussia Mönchengladbach on January 7 after the winter break, but is still above the German standings at 14-3-1.
Manuel Neuer, Dayot Upamecano, Omar Richards, Leroy Sane and Tanguy Nianzou will all be back in the weekend match day team after their COVID infections.
“None of them are 100 percent fit. Some of them had symptoms. They’re back in the team, but no one except Manu is ready to start or play long,” Nagelsmann said.
Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman will both be absent for the Cologne match. Goretzka recovers from a knee problem while Coman had to deal with a muscle injury prior to 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).
– Associated Press