Published: February 3, 8:07 p.m. ET
Updated: February 5, 6:20 p.m. ET
Usually when Fabrizio Romano is tweeting about Alphonso Davies it’s because it has something to do with Real Madrid. Sadly, as far as Canada’s hopes of qualifying for this summer’s Copa América go, Saturday’s tweet did not.
Bayern Munich revealed on Saturday that Davies has been diagnosed with a strained MCL in his left knee which will keep him on the shelf for an unknown length of time. Time is something the CanMNT doesn’t have on their side with next month’s crucial Copa América qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago less than 50 days away.
Davies injured his left knee during Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach in Bundesliga action on Saturday. The club conducted a thorough examination before confirming the diagnosis late on Saturday night.
“He’s twisted his knee and needs to be examined,” said Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel. “I would have no words for it if this happens again as Phonzie is getting back to his form.”
At the time of writing there is no confirmed timetable for Davies’ return, although reports suggest he will be out for at least two to three weeks. He will definitely miss the top-of-the-table clash with Bayer Leverkusen and the UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg against Lazio and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him absent for more games.
Per The Athletic’s Josh Kloke, Davies spoke to CanMNT interim head coach Mauro Biello after suffering his injury. “We reached out to him post-game. He said he was OK,” Biello said. “We don’t want to be in a situation where he’ll be rushed back. And I’m sure Bayern will be careful. It’s their investment. But on his end, he said he was OK.”
Saturday’s win was Davies’ 27th game of the season for Bayern in all competitions. He scored his first goal of the season in last week’s 3-2 win over Augsburg.
Bayern came from behind to beat Mönchengladbach after Nico Elvedi and Aleksandar Pavlović traded goals in the first half. Harry Kane handed Bayern the lead midway through the second half and Matthijs de Ligt put the game to bed in the closing stages.