Alphonso Davies to take break from football after heart condition diagnosis


Left-back Alphonso Davies becomes the second Bayern Munich player within the last 12 months to suffer a heart scare after forward Kingsley Coman underwent surgery in September

Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has confirmed Alphonso Davies will be unavailable for “the next weeks” due to a heart problem.

The Canadian, 24, appears to have an inflammation of the heart muscle, known as myocarditis, after testing positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of January.

“During our follow-up examination that we do with ever player that has had Covid-19, we detected signs of mild myocarditis, i.e. an inflammation of the heart muscle,” confirmed Nagelsmann on Friday morning.

“He has stopped training for now, so he won’t be available to us for the next weeks.

“This myocarditis isn’t too dramatic based on the ultrasound, but more simply signs of an inflammation. Nevertheless, it needs to heal and that will no doubt take some time.”







Alphonso Davies is one of Bayern Munich’s biggest stars
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It’s unclear at this stage how long he will be out of action for.

The 30-cap international is a crucial player for Nagelsmann’s side, missing just two Bundesliga games this season to help them go six points clear at the top of the table.

Davies joined Bayern as a winger in July 2018 after flourishing at MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps and has since been converted into a left-back.

Many regard him as one of the best full-backs in the modern game, winning three Bundesliga tiles, the Champions League and a host of other trophies in Munich.

“He’s the best attacking full-back on the planet at the minute,” said Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand in August 2020.

Speaking in July 2020, Bayern president Herbert Hainer said: “The development of Alphonso Davies has given me a lot of pleasure.

“He’s been a real hit: he is absolutely top-class on the pitch and with his young, fresh manner, he is well on the way to becoming a popular figure. The boy makes us very happy”

Davies is the second Bayern player in the last 12 months to suffer a heart scare after forward Kingsley Coman underwent heart surgery in September.

“He had a slightly irregular heartbeat, a minor heart irregularity,” said Nagelsmann at the time. “We did a long-term ECG and carried out this operation.”

Coman made his Bayern comeback the following month and recently signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal at the Allianz Arena.







Kingsley Coman has also struggled with a heart problem in the last 12 months
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“It’s been a little while that it was aggravated, there were small attacks, small moments when I was out of breath a lot faster,” said Coman in November.

“I thought it was going to be very complicated to continue playing like that, but in the end everything is fine, it’s going even better than before. It gave me back the desire and a second wind.”

Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, was forced to retire aged 33 in December after being diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat.

“The decision I have made, I have taken it for my health,” said Aguero. “It’s a very difficult moment… I want to tell everyone that I did everything possible [to continue playing].”

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