Bayern says Alphonso Davis World Cup participation 'not in jeopardy' for Canada

Bayern hope Alphonso Davies will be ready for the World Cup, resting Müller

MUNICH (AP) – Bayern Munich expects Canadian men’s national team star Alphonso Davies to start the World Cup after suffering a hamstring strain in the team’s 3-2 win at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday. be ready for

Coach Julian Nagelsmann said he doesn’t think Davis will play in the team’s November 17 friendly against Japan in Dubai. Before the World Cup.

“Fortunately, it’s just a little pressure. I think he will be able to play the World Cup with Canada, but not the pre-competition friendly. He can be fit for the first World Cup game (against Belgium). .

Bayern will also rest Thomas Muller as he continues to deal with various injuries and ailments that have limited him to just two substitute appearances since the start of last month. Naglesmann said Müller, 33, is fit but will be rested for the games against Werder Bremen on Tuesday and Schalke on Saturday to avoid risking injury.

“I want to give him some rest before the World Cup so that the structure can fully recover,” Nagelsmann said. “Since all of our attacking players are now healthy and have more options, it’s not the type of game where you need to play through the pain or take a risk.”

German coach Hans Flick will announce his team on Thursday.

Nagelsmann also said that Dutch defender Matej de Ligt is likely to return for Saturday’s game against Schalke after a knee problem, while Croatia defender Josip Stanisic will miss both games this week with tonsillitis.

Dortmund coach Edin Terzic said Reus had to cut short training on Sunday with a sore foot but “it didn’t look that bad” on Monday. Reus has barely played for Dortmund over the past five weeks with an ankle problem but returned to play 23 minutes off the bench in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bochum.

Dortmund play Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

Germany open their World Cup campaign against Japan on November 23 before further group matches against Spain and Costa Rica. One player who is certain to miss out is Leipzig forward Timo Werner, who broke his ankle last week. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was a concern after missing October with a shoulder problem, but he returned to action for Bayern in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin.

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