Alphonso Davies has returned to the field after missing more than three months with both club and country. On April 6, he made his comeback with a start in Bayern’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Villarreal.
The Bundesliga giants had earlier detected evidence of heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis) in a player who recovered from COVID-19 in February, thus the Canadian had been out of action for some time.
The myocarditis diagnosis kept the Canada international out for months, and he hasn’t played for Bayern since the winter break ended. He was not named to Canada’s roster for the final two CONCACAF World Cup qualifying windows, instead opting to watch from home with Twitch viewers.
Davies returned to Bayern training a few weeks ago, needing to regain match fitness after a long period of layoff. Davies was named to the Bavarian giants’ traveling squad for their Champions League match against Villarreal on April 6, and he started.
When did Alphonso Davies make his Bayern Munich comeback?
On April 6, Davies returned to the starting lineup, and Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann hinted at this possibility when he put the Canadian on the roster.
Given his long layoff, the start was certainly unexpected. Many anticipated he would be introduced off the bench until he was fully fit for the match.
In his pre-match press conference, Nagelsmann stated, “He will be going with us.” “His most recent test came back highly positive. So he’ll be traveling with us, and he could begin [April 6], but we’ll have to wait and see what happens today and tomorrow. However, it is feasible.”
That timing corresponded to the prior update, which was given in late March. Davies was close to returning, according to an interview with Bayern Munich’s official website on March 27. He said he was entirely recovered from his heart ailment and was now simply regaining match fitness.
“So far, the rehab has gone well,” Davies remarked at the time. “My muscles and heart are fine, but I’m not completely recovered yet!” I’m really relieved to be able to train again and return to work.
“I’m going to give it my all.” I’m collaborating closely with the medical team and the rehabilitation team. And I’m putting in a lot of work both with and without the ball. There will be a lot of running and strength training. I hope to be able to assist the team again soon.”
Davies had been out for the entire year of 2022, due to a cardiac ailment he had during a COVID-19 match over the winter break.
“He’d have to go into rehab training because he’d been gone for so long.” Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann stated on March 5 that
Given his lack of activity during his absence, ramping up was critical.
How many games was Alphonso Davies unable to play?
Davies has been sidelined since returning from the winter break, with his last Bundesliga action taking place on December 17 against Wolfsburg.
Davies has missed 11 league matches since his diagnosis, with Bayern winning seven, drawing two, and losing two in that time. The squad is nine points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund and is in contention for the league crown.
He’s also missed two Champions League matches, missing both of RB Salzburg’s Round of 16 matches in February and March.
Alphonso Davies was absent for two entire qualifying periods for the national team, missing six matches. Without Davies, Canada went undefeated in January and February, with 2-0 victories over Honduras, the United States, and El Salvador.
He also missed the March international window, with Canada sealing a World Cup berth with a 4-0 home win over Jamaica, despite the fact that Les Rouges also lost 1-0 on the road to Costa Rica and Panama. Despite two late losses, Canada finished first in the standings, a remarkable accomplishment.
With Canada set to face Honduras and Curacao in Group C of the CONCACAF Nations League this summer, Davies should be back in time to prepare for the 2022 World Cup.
The following is a complete list of Canada’s past and upcoming matches in their bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
|Sept. 2, 2021||Canada 1, Honduras 1||Highlights|
|Sept. 5, 2021||United States 1, Canada 1||Highlights|
|Sept. 8, 2021||Canada 3, El Salvador 0||Highlights|
|Oct. 7, 2021||Mexico 1, Canada 1||Highlights|
|Oct. 10, 2021||Jamaica 0, Canada 0||Highlights|
|Oct. 13, 2021||Canada 4, Panama 1||Highlights|
|Nov. 12, 2021||Canada 1, Costa Rica 0||Highlights|
|Nov. 16, 2021||Canada 2, Mexico 1||Highlights|
|Jan. 27, 2022||Honduras 0, Canada 2||Highlights|
|Jan. 30, 2022||Canada 2, United States 0||Highlights|
|Feb. 2, 2022||El Salvador 0, Canada 2||Highlights|
|Mar. 24, 2022||Costa Rica 1, Canada 0||Highlights|
|Mar. 27, 2022||Canada 4, Jamaica 0||Highlights|
|Mar. 30, 2022||Panama 1, Canada 0||Highlights|