21-year-old Canadian professional footballer Alphonso Davies has temporarily stopped training after being diagnosed with “mild” myocarditis.
It’s misleading for reports to call this mild myocarditis since heart inflammation is never mild and always a serious concern.
The Canadian national team and Bayern Munich winger will miss an uncertain amount of time while his body heals following the diagnosis.
Reports indicate Davies will miss training for at least the next few weeks.
Davies reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on January 5th and had to isolate, along with five other teammates, before returning to team training.
CP 24 wrote:
The Canada international will be out of action for at least “the coming weeks” after the inflammation, known as myocarditis, was detected in a follow-up examination after his return to training this week, Nagelsmann said. The coach described the inflammation as “mild” and “not so dramatic,” citing the results of an ultrasound examination.
Myocarditis is a mild, temporary condition in the vast majority of cases, according to experts.
Bayern said last week that Davies had tested positive and he was back in training on Wednesday. Nagelsmann said Davies would now stop training until further notice to give his body time to heal.
“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.” Continuing about the other players who were isolating, Nagelsmann also expects to be short-handed versus Koln on Saturday, “None of them are 100% fit. One or two had symptoms as well. Upamecano, Tanguy, Leroy, Omar, and Manu and back in the squad, but apart from Manu, none of them are ready to start or play a reasonable amount of minutes.”
Canadian coach John Herdman will also be worrying about this diagnosis with critical World Cup qualifiers on the horizon for Canada. They’ll face Honduras (Jan. 27), The United States (Jan. 30), and El Salvador (Feb. 2), and not having Davies at full fitness will be quite the blow for the side as they sit atop the Octagonal. You can catch select Concacaf World Cup qualifying matches on Paramount+, including when Canada plays the USMNT.