Bayern Munich, Canadian star Alphonso Davies ruled out with COVID-related heart problem

Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies will be ruled out in the coming weeks due to signs of cardiac myocarditis, the club announced on Friday.

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Davies will also miss Canada’s next three World Cup qualifiers, including the Jan. 30 game against the United States, the Canadian team later confirmed.

“With Phonzy, when we did our follow-up exam yesterday which we do with all players who have had COVID-19, we detected signs of mild myocarditis, that is, inflammation of the heart muscle” , Bayern coach Julian Nagelsman said in a statement. conference. “He won’t be training until further notice. He won’t be available, also in the coming weeks. Ultrasound shows this myocarditis is not that dramatic but it’s a sign of myocarditis. Certainly takes time.”

Davies, 21, played a major role in Canada’s rise in CONCACAF. After eight of 14 qualifying matches, Canada sits atop the standings with 15 points, one point ahead of the United States and two points ahead of Mexico and Panama. The top three qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while the fourth will head to a playoff match against the winner of the Oceania Football Confederation in June.

Before the match in Hamilton against the United States, Canada will play in Honduras on January 27 and conclude the qualifying window with a match in El Salvador on February 2.

It’s unclear when Bayern expect Davies to be ready to return. The Bundesliga giants have two matches before the international break and will return to league play on February 5 against RB Leipzig. Bayern will resume the Champions League on February 16 at FC Salzburg.

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle usually caused by a viral infection. When left undiagnosed and untreated, this rare disease can cause heart damage and sudden cardiac arrest.

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