Alfonso Davies won’t play against the USA in World Cup qualifying. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)
Some tough news for Canada as it looks toward the winter window of World Cup qualifying games.
Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, the men’s national team best player, will miss the Maple Leafs’ qualifiers afte his Bundesliga team said he has shown signs of inflammation of the heart muscle following a bout with COVID-19.
Davies has signs of mild myocarditis.
Canada Soccer confirmed confirmed Friday that Davies will be sidelined.
The Canadians visit Honduras on Jan. 27, host the United States in Hamilton, Ontario on Jan. 30 and travel to El Salvador on Feb. 2.
During a Friday press conference, Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann said that the problem was detected in the followup examination that all players who have had endured COVID-19 just undergo.
“He’ll sit out training until further notice. He won’t be available, also, in the coming weeks,” Nagelsmann said. “The ultrasound shows this myocarditis isn’t so dramatic, but it’s a sign of myocarditis. Still, it has to heal and that will definitely take some time.”
Canada leads (4-0-4, 16 points) the Concacaf Octagonal, followed by the USA (4-1-3, 15) and Mexico (4-2-2, 14) and Panama (4-2-2, 14).