Rumour: Davies Set To Miss Match Against El Salvador
The Athletic is reporting that Canadian winger Alphonso Davies is returning to Germany after picking up a knock in this weekend’s 1-1 draw against the United States.
The 20-year-old was substituted out of the World Cup Qualifier in the 77th minute shortly after picking up a knock to his left leg. Before that, he had provided an assist for Cyle Larin‘s equalizing goal, and had nearly provided another assist for him in the 14th minute, too.
Sportscentre’s Matthew Scianitti reported that the winger was absent from training this afternoon, lending additional credence to the rumours.
This would mark the second time the Bayern Munich full-back has picked up a knock on international duty. He missed the 2021 Gold Cup through ankle injury this summer.
Prior to that, he provided four goals and five assists in just six appearances for Les Rouges in the second round of Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers earlier this year, where the team beat Haiti 4-0 on aggregate to progress to the current group.
The new-look Canada squad has broken its record for most goals scored in a calendar year, with headliners Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, and Cyle Larin playing a big role in Canada’s rise through the rankings. Veteran midfielder Atiba Hutchinson rejoined the national team for the current international window, too.
Should Canada finish in the top three of the final round of Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers, the country will qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The team currently sits in third place after two matches played, recording draws against Honduras and the USA. Cyle Larin scored in both matches, becoming the country’s second-top all-time goalscorer in the process.
Canada will take on El Salvador at BMO Field tomorrow evening, with the visitors describing the match against Canada as their toughest match yet. BMO Field will be familiar ground to La Selecta’s Eriq Zavaleta, who plays for Toronto FC.
Davies has made three Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich this season, recording an assist during the club’s 5-0 routing of Hertha BSC. He has won the Champions League, Club World Cup, two domestic cups, and the Bundesliga thrice since joining Bayern Munich from the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018.
Canada Soccer has yet to comment on the situation regarding Alphonso Davies.