Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann confirmed that full-back Alphonso Davies has been diagnosed with Myocarditis.
Davies, 21, joined the Bundesliga giants in 2019 after a £9 million move from Major League Soccer club Vancouver. Since his arrival at the Allianz Arena, the Canadian defender has appeared in 107 matches across all competitions, contributing directly to 23 goals.
The 21-year-old left-back has already won ten major trophies, including the 2019-20 Champions League, but despite his incredible ability, the defender is now set to miss time due to a serious heart condition, as revealed by Naglesmann.
Myocarditis is an inflammatory condition of the heart that can impair the organ's ability to pump blood and cause irregular heartbeats (Mayo Clinic).
Speaking in a scheduled press conference ahead of Saturday’s league match against Koln, Naglesmann, when discussing Davies (as quoted by Bulinews), said: “Yesterday, during our follow-up examination that we do with every player that has had Covid-19, we detected signs of mild myocarditis, i.e. an inflammation of the heart muscle.
“He has stopped training, for now, so he won’t be available to us for the next weeks.”
Although there is still a scarcity of data on Myocarditis, the US CDC recently confirmed that instances of the heart condition have occurred in grownups following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination – a subject on which Bayern Munich has previously taken a hard line.
While Joshua Kimmich made headlines recently for reversing his decision not to get vaccinated, official figures released by BBC Sport show that almost all Bundesliga players (94 percent) have received at least two doses of the COVID vaccine.
We wish Davies a complete and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.