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Canada’s Davies: ‘I’m ready to start the first game’

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The Bayern Munich star is determined to start his biggest game in Canada in 36 years.  (Getty images)
Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies is determined to start Canada’s biggest match in 36 years despite injury concerns. (Getty images)

Back on November 5, every Canadian football fan held their breath when Alphonso Davis came to a standstill with an apparent hamstring injury just past the hour mark in his game against German Bayern Munich.

Davis was an important part of Canada’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – their first participation in the tournament since 1986 – and his potential absence would leave an irreplaceable hole on the left flank. To everyone’s relief, the very next day, Bayern released a statement optimistic about Davies’ recovery.

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For those familiar with Davis’ injury history, this is not surprising if disturbing news, as the cornerback has missed several games over the past two seasons with muscle injuries, but he has always managed to bounce back quickly.

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With his recovery over time, Canadian national team head coach John Herdman questioned Davis’ ability to be 100 percent fit for the first game, saying he would rather rest and save him for the final two group stage games. An eternal contender, Davis was adamant that he was ready to take part in arguably the biggest three games in Canadian men’s football history.

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“I’m still recovering and still trying to heal, but everything is going well” Davis told TSN’s James Duty. “But I definitely think I can start and play the first game.”

Davis was not only essential to Canada’s World Cup qualification, he was indispensable. In the 13 games he has played, the four-time Bundesliga champion has scored five goals and added eight assists, including the iconic game-winner against Panama, where he ran the length of the field to steal the ball before scoring it in cold blood. corner.

Davies isn’t the only starter to face injury, with midfielder Steven Eustaquio and goalkeeper Milan Borjan also looking to recover from their own discomfort ahead of the team’s start against Belgium on November 23.

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