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

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

MUNICH (AP) – Bayern Munich says Alfonso Davis’ injury is not as bad as initially feared and that his participation in the World Cup for Canada is “not in jeopardy.”

Davies, 22, suffered what Bayern called a “hamstring strain” in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. He will miss Bayern’s last two remaining games before the winter break but should be back in Qatar in time.

Byrne said her medical department confirmed the diagnosis and “Canada’s international participation at the World Cup in Qatar is not at risk.”

Canada has World Cup warm-ups against Bahrain on Nov. 11 in Manama and Japan on Nov. 17 in Dubai.

It will be a challenge from the start of the tournament in Qatar, where the team faces Belgium on November 23, then Croatia on November 27 and Morocco on December 1.

Davies, who can play on the wing or left, has started all but 13 of Bayern’s Bundesliga games this season, and he has played in all but one of the team’s Champions League games. He has scored 12 goals in 35 games for Canada.

Canada will certainly be without goalkeeper Maxime Cripeau, however, after he seriously injured his leg during a red card foul in extra time of Los Angeles FC’s win over Philadelphia in the MLS Cup final on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Quebec native was a candidate for playing time in Canada’s goal in Qatar, but he charged Philadelphia’s Corey Burke to deny him a clear path to a potential late goal. Crepio’s teammates rallied to win their first MLS title without him, tying the game 3-3 with Gareth Bale’s 128th-minute goal before beating the Union 3-0 on penalty kicks.

Crepeau started five World Cup qualifiers for Canada. Milan Borjan of Red Star Belgrade made 14 starts and Dean St. Clair of Minnesota made one start.

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