Alphonso Davies has admitted he was unaware as to just how serious the heart scare that forced him to stop training earlier this year actually was.
The Bayern Munich full-back was diagnosed with mild myocarditis after he contracted Covid-19 and extensive health checks discovered the problem. Bayern’s shock Champions League defeat at the hands of La Liga side Villarreal saw Davies complete 90 minutes for the first time since the diagnosis.
The Canadian international’s lengthy spell on the sidelines was never expected to last as long as it did, with Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann explaining at the time: “During our follow-up examination that we do with every player that has had Covid-19, we detected signs of mild myocarditis. He has stopped training for now, so he won’t be available to us for the next weeks.”
The health scare ruled Davies out of action for just under four months, while he also missed out on his national side’s historic successful qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup. His tearful reaction to the news Canada will be at Qatar was captured on his Twitch stream.
Reflecting on the heart complication, Davies admitted to ESPN he didn’t know how dangerous the situation was. He said: “At the time, it was frustrating for me because I didn’t know dangerous it was to the extent, I just thought it was like something you just had to sit out for like three weeks.
“I was really frustrated because I couldn’t do anything, I couldn’t work out – I was a couch potato, every single day I was trying to find ways to entertain myself and go outside for a walk because I am a very active guy.”
Davies went on to discuss his own process of acceptance and his emotions once the severity of the situation eventually sunk in. He added: “It was scary scary news, my family came to visit me and it was nice but yeah for me when I heard it and when the doctors told me they didn’t know how long I’d be out – that was more scary.”
Bayern have undeniably struggled while being unable to call upon their first-choice left-back and have endured a disappointing season. The German giants are one game away from the Bundesliga title, but such is the weight of expectation at the Allianz Arena that one title is not enough.
An early elimination from the DFB-Pokal was followed by a surprise defeat by Villarreal, meaning Nagelsmann’s first season at the helm ensures plenty of question marks continue to hang over the young manager.