WCQ: Canada star Alphonso Davies to miss USA game and two other matches due to heart condition

Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies, considered the best player in Concacaf, has been sidelined with a mild case of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, after contracting Covid-19.

"With Phonzy, when we did our follow-up examination yesterday 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," Bayern coach Julian Nagelsman said on Friday. "He'll sit out training until further notice. He won't be available, also in the coming weeks. The ultrasound shows this myocarditis isn't so dramatic but it's a sign of myocarditis. Still, it has to heal and that will definitely take some time."

Myocarditis is usually caused by a viral infection. A severe case can weaken the heart, leading to a stroke or heart attack.

Bayern Munich has games at FC Cologne and Hertha Berlin before the Bundesliga breaks at the end of January.

Later on Friday, the Canadian Soccer Association announced that Davies will miss Canada's three World Cup qualifiers, including the Jan. 30 match against the USA in Hamilton, Ontario. Canada will also play at Honduras Jan. 27 and at El Salvador on Feb. 2.

After eight games, Canada, which hasn't qualified for the World Cup since 1986, was the surprise leader, one point ahead of the USA and Mexico.

In Canada's 1-1 tie with the USA on Sept. 5 in Nashville, Davies set up Cyle Larin for the tying goal with a run down the left wing. He has scored five goals in 13 qualifiers. The only qualifier he missed was the 3-0 win over El Salvador on Sept. 8.

Davies, 21, joined Bayern Munich from the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2019. Since then, he has won seven German titles with Bayern, which also won the 2020 UEFA Champions League.

Jonathan David, who has scored seven goals for Canada in World Cup qualifying, recently tested positive for Covid-19 but has been cleared to again play for French champion Lille.

Lille's American star, Tim Weah, remains sidelined while he rehabs after a quad injury.

20 comments about "WCQ: Canada star Alphonso Davies to miss USA game and two other matches due to heart condition".
  1. oswaldo rodriguez, January 15, 2022 at 12:42 a.m.

    Sad not to see him vs USNT.

  2. R2 Dad, January 15, 2022 at 2:07 a.m.

    I wonder how many other players have suffered this condition? Hope he makes it back in time for Qatar.

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, January 15, 2022 at 6:32 a.m.

    From CDC website;
    "Myocarditis and Pericarditis"
    Updated Nov. 12, 2021
    "CDC and its partners are actively monitoring reports of myocarditis and pericarditis after COVID-19 vaccination. Active monitoring includes reviewing data and medical records and evaluating the relationship to COVID-19 vaccination...
    Seek medical care if you or your child have symptoms of these conditions after COVID-19 vaccination. Myocarditis and pericarditis have rarely been reported, especially in adolescents and young adult males within several days after COVID-19 vaccination....
    Cases of myocarditis reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

    • external icon have occurred:

      • After mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), especially in male adolescents and young adults

      • More often after the second dose

      • Usually within a week of vaccination"

      • Could he have got "IT" from Previous Vaccination and it only showed up Now 

    Could it be that he got "IT" from Previous Vaccination and it only showed UP Now, because he got OmiWuFlu.???
    Time from some of Frank's "Real" Soccer Journalist to Inquire.???
    Had his Heart been Tested after he Got Vaccinated.???

  4. frank schoon replied, January 15, 2022 at 10:02 a.m.

    So many athletes all over the world, during practice or games had to be removed or died... the interesting thing is nothing was ever mentioned about whether they were vaccinated, like in this article

  5. oswaldo rodriguez replied, January 15, 2022 at 12:54 p.m.

    We not force anything upon others.

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, January 15, 2022 at 6:43 p.m.

    Frank; I have yet to hear: Except for this Case; about any Player Dying or having to be Removed because of COVID illness symptoms or Reaction to Vaccines... Lots of Players had to "Sit Out" because they Tested Positive... Most were probably Asymptomatic or "Flu" Like symptoms that most People, Especially TOP LEVEL ATHELETES, would just play through... Remember Michael Jordan and "The Flu Game".???

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, January 15, 2022 at 6:45 p.m.

    Santi, really? Pro soccer players and college players commonly wear heart moniters for practices and matches. If his heart rate is off, it will be noticed no matter how stoic the player is. 

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, January 15, 2022 at 6:49 p.m.

    Santi, that is really a dumb thing to say. A common cold will degrade soccer performance by 30%. You don't think the coaching staff is going to notice? (Some cold and flu remedies contain banned stimulants too.) Are you just baiting us today?

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, January 16, 2022 at 3 a.m.

    Bob; the "Peep Bra" is NOT going to Pick Up Myocardist. It didn't seem to pick up whatever the Heart issue for Kun Aguero was either.
    "Among those who had received the Pfizer vaccine, the researchers noted, the rate of myocarditis or myopericarditis was 1.4 cases per 100,000 individuals" Written by Annie Lennon on December 21, 2021 in Medical News today.

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, January 16, 2022 at 8:04 a.m.

    Santi, of course the monitor does not diagnose problems, but it does pick up changes in heart rate and is specifically meant to track fatigue.

    Also the rate of the disease in the general population is often estimated at 10 to 20 cases per 100,000 people.

  11. Bruce Spiegelman, January 15, 2022 at 11:39 a.m.

    Santiago, that is disinformation and please dont spread those lies.

  12. oswaldo rodriguez replied, January 15, 2022 at 1 p.m.

    Please, read more FDA's information about myocardiis and males under 17.
    Remember, we are not all the same and we reach eact different drugs and food.
    Please, don't be fascist.

  13. Santiago 1314 replied, January 15, 2022 at 6:35 p.m.

    Bruce; see Dr. Charles Below... AND; go to the CDC Website yourself... This is Not Disinformation... I Copy/Pasted that right from their Website... (Last part was a Typo on my part)... I am Triple Pfizer... Not Anti-Vacs... Just want Answers, that we are not getting from Fauci... Etc...etc...

  14. Bob Ashpole replied, January 15, 2022 at 6:54 p.m.

    Rule No. 1 in analysis: Correlation is not causation.

  15. Craig Cummings, January 15, 2022 at 1:50 p.m.

    A HUGE loss for Canada. This is  very sad.

  16. Charles Callaghan, January 15, 2022 at 3:59 p.m.

    Santiago, I'm not only a soccer fan but I'm also a MD. Viral myocarditis is a well known condition that can occur after many different viral infections. I have several patients with this diagnosis. The side effect of myocarditis following a Covid vaccine has been described but is rare. I nor any of my colleagues have seen a patient get this. Why are you questioning the reality described in the article? He got myocarditis from COVID-19 not from the vaccine. Over 5 million people worldwide have died from Covid and it is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. I work on a long term rehab hospital unit that has multiple people that have been stuck on a ventilator for weeks or months. They range in age from 28-72 and most are under 60. 

  17. Santiago 1314 replied, January 15, 2022 at 6:31 p.m.

    Charles; 1st Documented Case of Myocardist, I have heard of in a Professional Soccer Player.... Aren't you; In the Least Inquisitive; as a Doctor... You Should be.!!!... If this was your Patient; wouldn't you be inquiring as to Date of 1st, 2nd, Booster Shots.???... Simple Questions that would put to Rest any Doubt... I am not Anti-Vacs... I am Triple Pfizer... I just want Information, and Not BLIND "Following"

  18. oswaldo rodriguez replied, January 15, 2022 at 6:42 p.m.

    The problem is being push without knowing causes:  blood type? diet?  genetics? over active? 
    allegeries? etc...

  19. Bob Ashpole replied, January 15, 2022 at 7 p.m.

    Santiago, you have no clue as to what you are talking about. The Doctor does. Give it a rest.

  20. Santiago 1314 replied, January 16, 2022 at 2:19 a.m.

    Charles; how many of your Patients are Professional Soccer Players.???... Zero I'll bet... 
    You say you have Patients with Myocarditis, after Viral Infection.
    You are Unclear as to whether they had Sars-Covid19 Viral Infection or some other Viral Infection, as Cause of their Myocardist.
    Are your Patients on Ventilators due to Myocardist.???(NO)
    Why did you Lump them into the Conversation.???
    The Statistics of Deaths, you Lump In, is a Pull at the Heart, Emotions and Not a "Scientific" response to;
    Why is this the "First" ATHELETE we have heard of with this issue.???
    Could it be that Many more had it; but didn't receive the through  "Heart" Evaluation that Davies did.???
    Think of all the NFL, NBA players that have had COVID...Not one case of this.???
    Something doesn't "Smell" right on this. I still think he had some Pre-Existing Heart Condition that they just Found out about...( Think Kun Aguero)

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