Canada star Alphonso Davies is “increasingly likely” to miss his country’s first World Cup match in 36 years against Belgium following a hamstring strain with Bayern Munich.
Canada and Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies is doubtful to start his country’s first World Cup game in 36 years.
The 22-year-old is under a cloud of injuries and it is “increasingly likely” that he will miss Canada’s opening game against Belgium on Wednesday.
His right-back has been dealing with a nagging hamstring strain that forced him off the field as a forced substitute during Bayern’s 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin on November 5.
Alphonso Davies was all smiles during his FIFA World Cup photo call in the Qatari capital.
By the athleticDavies joined the national team on Friday, five days after most of his European-based brothers.
While his absence will leave a huge void, Canada coach John Herdman believes his nation still has enough to compete.
“We’ve been able to act when Alphonso has been out of the team,” Herdman said Saturday.
Canada’s poster boy is in grave danger of missing his nation’s opening game
Davies limped off the pitch with a strained hamstring during Bayern’s November win against Hertha.
It’s not something I’m losing sleep over. As a coach, you’re always rolling the dice right now.
‘We have to do well because it could be a long tournament for Canada. And the last thing I want is for Alphonso to miss this.
While there may be outside enthusiasm to see Davies involved in The Maple Leafs’, Herdman and company are considering his longer-term recovery.
Canada will have to hinder Belgium’s powerful attack, including Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
‘We told [FC Bayern] We don’t want to risk Alfonso. These are three games we have to prepare him for.
If you’re not ready for the first one, we don’t want to risk it. It’s one of those situations.
Davies is most likely to get his first taste of World Cup action against Croatia in the Canadians’ second group match on November 27.
The fast full-back appeared to pause as he chased down Hertha Berlin striker Marco Richter (right)