Alphonso Davies, who missed Canada’s World Cup qualifying victory over El Salvador in Toronto on Wednesday, resumed training with Bayern Munich on Thursday.
“He received a blow to the knee. He is in good shape, feels good and has trained today. We hope he will be available on Saturday,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said.
Bayern play at RB Leipzig on Saturday.
Davies appeared to be in pain as he left Sunday’s 1-1 draw against the United States in the 75th minute and was immediately greeted by coaches when he arrived on the bench. He seemed to be favoring one stage and was absent from Canada’s training session on Tuesday.
WATCH | Davies leaves the match due to injury:
Canada Soccer said on Tuesday evening that the 20-year-old full-back / winger was injured and flew to Germany “to continue his recovery”. He did not detail the injury.
Davies has proven to be the talisman of the Canadian team, threatening opposing teams with his speed and cunning.
His assist on Cyle Larin’s tying goal in the 62nd minute of the game in Nashville was his sixth record in 2021. He had shared the previous men’s Canadian record with Martin Nash (2000).
Davies was also injured with Canada in July, suffering from a torn ankle ligament in training ahead of the Gold Cup. At the time, coach John Herdman said Davies rolled his ankle after making a tackle in a small-scale game.
Davies returned to full team training with Bayern on August 9 and started the season opener on August 13 against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Canada’s next World Cup qualifiers are next month – away against Mexico, No.9 and Jamaica, No.50, and at home against Panama, No.74.
WATCH | Canada hold El Salvador scoreless to claim victory in World Cup qualifying:
The 59th ranked Canadians defeated El Salvador (64th) 3-0. Star forward Cyle Larin, who plays in Turkey for Besiktas, also missed the game with what Herdman called a sore quad.
Canada (1-0-2) is second in the octagonal standings with five points, two behind Mexico (2-0-1). The United States (1-0-2) and Panama (1-0-2) also have five points.
Each of the eight teams involved play 14 games in the qualifying round robin. In March, the top three will book their tickets to Qatar 2022. The fourth finalist will take part in an intercontinental playoff to see who will join them.
Canada reached the final round of qualifying in North America, Central America and the Caribbean for the first time since preparations for France ’98. Canadian men have only qualified for the World Cup once, in 1986.