Canadian National and Bayern Munich superstar Alphonso Davies didn’t know if he would return to the field after contracting COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe since rearing its ugly in 2019. The world experienced health care systems collapse, people became very sick, and some tragically lost their lives. One thing is guaranteed, nobody is immune to the disease. That includes professional athletes.
Alphonso Davies has temporarily stopped training after being diagnosed with mild myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.
Come back stronger, Phonzie! 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/dE8rSk5xOp
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 14, 2022
Davies was sidelined for almost four months after testing positive for COVID-19 last season. Athletes testing positive for COVID was common across all sports platforms the previous season. Most returned to their teams within five days. However, after Davies’s initial positive test in January 2022, Bayern Munich announced that Davies would be out indefinitely due to myocarditis.
“That was very scary, especially (because) the doctors are saying that they don’t know how long I was supposed to be out,” Davies told ESPN. “I think that was the most scariest part.
“At that time, I had doubts in my head whether I’m still going to be able to play football, but everything worked out at the end. I’m happy, and I’m grateful for the doctor taking such good care of me.”
During those four months, Davies missed important games for Bayern and team Canada. The most noticeable game was when Canada defeated Jamaica and sealed their spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Watch Alphonso Davies AMAZING reaction as Canada qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986! 🇨🇦pic.twitter.com/flDGSdrUUM
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) March 28, 2022
Thankfully Davies returned to Bayern in April. He was on the field when Bayern was knocked out of the Champions League quarterfinal and when Bayern won their 10th consecutive Bundesliga title.
Davies has become an instrumental player worldwide. He is expected to help lead the charge in Qatar when Canada tries to get out of the World Cup group stage for the first time ever.
WHAT. A. GOAL! 😱
— For Future Considerations (@PodcastFFC) October 14, 2021