Alphonso Davies suffered a hamstring injury playing for Bayern Munich on Saturday but his participation in the World Cup with Canada is “not at risk”.
Bayern said in a statement on Sunday that the 22-year-old had sustained a “hamstring strain” in their 3-2 victory at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.
The reigning German champions anticipate Davies missing the club’s last two remaining matches before the winter break but said he is expected to return in time for the World Cup.
“The 22-year-old full-back suffered a hamstring strain in the 3-2 win at Hertha BSC on Saturday,” the club said in a short statement.
“The diagnosis was confirmed by the German record champions’ medical unit. The Canada international’s participation in the World Cup in Qatar is not at risk.”
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Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann also confirmed that Davies’ strain was minor and thinks he will be able to play at the World Cup.
The news will come as a significant boost to Canada head coach John Herdman. Despite his tender years Davies has already won 34 full international caps and scored 12 goals and is one of his nation’s most vital players.
Canada will almost certainly be without goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, however, as he badly injured his leg while committing a red-card foul in extra time of Los Angeles FC’s thrilling win over Philadelphia in the MLS Cup final on Saturday.
Canada will begin their World Cup campaign on November 23 against Belgium, ahead of games against Croatia and Morocco.
The Qatar World Cup has already been heavily impacted by injury. Reigning world champions France will be without key midfield duo Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante while England will be without a key left-sided player of their own, after Ben Chilwell was ruled out with his own hamstring injury on Saturday.
Lionel Messi was left out of Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match against Lorient this weekend over concerns about an Achilles injury, while South Korea’s Son Heung-min is in a race against time to recover from a facial injury sustained in the Champions League playing for Tottenham Hotspur against Marseille.
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