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BIG BLOW! Alphonso Davies Ruled Out After Heart Inflammation Diagnosis

Alphonso Davies is diagnosed with mild myocarditis by Bayern Munich after recovering from COVID-19.

The Canada international full-back will not be considered for first-team duty over the coming weeks due to heart muscle inflammation.

Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has confirmed that left-back Alphonso Davies is set for a spell on the sidelines after he was diagnosed with a slight heart inflammation.

Davies missed his side's first game in 2022 - a 2-1 defeat to Gladbach - because of Covid-19, but he has since tested negative and was scheduled to return to training after a routine check-up from the Bayern medical officials.

Unfortunately, during those exams, an irregularity with Davies' heart was discovered and he will now be kept away from football while he undergoes treatment.

“Yesterday, during our follow-up examination 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," Nagelsmann said.

“He has stopped training for now, so he won't be available to us for the next few weeks.

“This myocarditis isn't too dramatic based on the ultrasound, but more simply signs of an inflammation. Nevertheless, it needs to heal and that will no doubt take some time.”

Davies is expected to undergo further tests in Munich to determine the best course of action.

As of yet, there is no mention of how long Davies will be sidelined. Englishman Omar Richards is the only other natural left-back in the squad, and he has now returned to training after his own spell out with Covid-19.

Manuel Neuer, Dayot Upamecano, Leroy Sane and Tanguy Nianzou are all back in the Bayern squad as well, but Naglesmann confirmed that Neuer is not yet ready to play 90 minutes.

Lucas Hernandez, a centre-back who is comfortable on the left, remains out with Covid-19.

 

Which Games Will Davies Miss?

Having been forced to extend a spell on the sidelines, it remains to be seen when Davies will be cleared to make a return to action.

He will definitely sit out a clash with Koln, while Bayern are due to pay a visit to Hertha Berlin on January 23.

An important home date with RB Leipzig will be taken in on February 5, before heading to Bochum a week later.

Nagelsmann’s side will be back in Champions League competition on February 16, with the first leg of a last-16 meeting with Red Bull Salzburg taking them to Austria, and Davies may be left watching on from afar for all of those outings.

Further medical examinations will, however, be carried out in Munich, allowing a more definitive timescale to be put on the buccaneering full-back’s recovery.