Canada’s Davies to miss 3 World Cup qualifying

Canada’s Davies to miss 3 World Cup qualifying matches due to heart muscle issue after bout of COVID-19
21-year-old ruled out after German club team detects signs of mild myocarditis

Alphonso Davies will miss Canada’s next three World Cup qualifying matches, with his Bundesliga team saying the soccer star shows signs of inflammation of the heart muscle following a bout of COVID-19.

The 21-year-old, who also plays for Bayern Munich in the German league, was ruled out after the club found signs of mild myocarditis.

Canada Soccer confirmed in a statement Friday that Davies, who is from Edmonton, would be out. It also told CBC Sports the roster for its upcoming games would be announced late next week.

Canada is scheduled to play World Cup qualifiers in Honduras (Jan. 27), at home in Hamilton (Jan. 30) and in El Salvador (Feb. 2).

Club teams are required to release players in official FIFA windows, such as the upcoming qualifiers, except in the case of injury.

Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann told a pre-match news conference Friday that the problem was detected in the followup examination that all players who have had COVID-19 undergo.

“He’ll sit out training until further notice. He won’t be available, also, in the coming weeks,” said Nagelsmann, speaking in German. “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.”

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