Canada are the latest World Cup nation to find themselves sweating over the fitness of one of their key players after Alphonso Davies strained his hamstring while playing for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Davies, 22, was selected to start Bayern’s match at Hertha Berlin.
But the left-back was forced off in the 64th minute of the match, which Bayern won 3-2, and was spotted holding his right hamstring as he departed the pitch.
He was replaced by Lucas Hernandez.
Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed Davies suffered a strain on his hamstring and a diagnosis would be confirmed after his sees club doctors on Sunday.
Davies is one of Canada’s most important players and John Herdman will be desperately hoping that the defender has not suffered a hamstring injury serious enough to rule him out of the tournament.
Despite his tender years Davies has already won 34 full international caps and has scored 12 goals.
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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