Alphonso Davies’ return from the COVID-19 bout has been put on hold, with Bayern Munich saying the Canadian star is showing signs of myocarditis.
The 21-year-old from Edmonton has been sidelined, with his participation in the World Cup qualifiers in Canada later this month in doubt.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann told a pre-match press conference on Friday that the problem was revealed in the follow-up examination of all players who have contracted the Corona virus.
“He will miss training until further notice. He will also not be available in the coming weeks,” Nagelsmann said in German.
He added that “ultrasounds show that myocarditis is not tragic but rather a sign of myocarditis. However, it should heal and that will definitely take some time.”
According to experts, myocarditis is a mild and temporary condition in the vast majority of cases.
Bayern said last week that Davies had tested positive and was fine while in isolation at home. He was one of six Bayern Munich players to return to training on Wednesday after bouts of COVID.
Nagelsmann said Davis will now take a break from training until further notice to give his body time to recover. Bayern Munich plays Cologne on Saturday.
Davis played 35 caps for Canada, scoring 10 goals and making 15 assists.
He is seen as one of the best left-backs in the world, due to his speed and attacking skills, he plays in a more attacking position with Canada.
Canada is set to play World Cup qualifiers in Honduras (January 27), at home to the United States in Hamilton (January 30) and in El Salvador (February 2).
The Canadian men, who have sought to qualify for the World Cup for only the second time ever, lead the final round of CONCACAF qualifying with a 4-0-4 score. They have six matches left.
Heading into March, the top three teams will be the eight-team robin of North, Central America and the Caribbean at Qatar 2022. The fourth-placed team will face a nation from Oceania in an Intercontinental playoff to see who joins them.
Exhausted Bayern lost to Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 on January 7 after the winter break, but still top the German standings 14-3-1.
Manuel Neuer, Dayot Opicano, Omar Richards, Leroy Sane and Tanguy Nyanzo will all return to the squad this weekend after contracting the coronavirus.
“None of them are 100 percent fit, and some of them have shown symptoms. They’re back in the team, but none of them except Manu is ready to play or play for long,” Nagelsmann said.
Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman will miss the Cologne match. Goretzka is recovering from a knee problem while Koeman was dealing with a pre-COVID muscle injury.
Bayern will also miss Eric Maxim Chubo-Moting and Bona Sarr (both in the African Nations Cup), Lucas Hernandez (Covid) and Josep Stanisic (recovery training).
This report was first published by The Canadian Press on January 14, 2022