Bayern Munich Star Alphonso Davies Sidelined for Several Weeks Due to Signs of Myocarditis After Coronavirus

Bayern Munich left back Alphonso Davies will be sidelined in the coming weeks due to signs of the heart condition myocarditis, the club announced Friday.

Davies will also miss Canada‘s three upcoming World Cup qualifying matches, including the Jan. 30 match against the United States, the Canadian squad later confirmed.

“With Phonzy, when we did our follow-up examination yesterday that we do with every player that has had COVID-19, we detected signs of mild myocarditis, i.e. an inflammation of the heart muscle,” Bayern manager Julian Nagelsman said in a news conference. “He’ll sit out training until further notice. He won’t be available, also in the coming weeks. 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.”

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

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SOURCE: ESPN, Kyle Bonagura