Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies has been forced with withdraw from Canada’s CONCACAF Gold Cup squad with an ankle injury.
Davies has been a fixture of the Canada squad ever since he announced himself at the 2017 edition of the Gold Cup, where he scored three times for his country and won the Best Young Player award.
That came just a year into his blossoming senior career, and the next time he ran out at the competition – in 2019 – he would be a Bayern Munich player.
Davies, who typically plays on the wing for Canada despite starring at left-back for Bayern, was expected to play an integral role this summer. He has nine goals in 23 caps so far, and registered three assists at the last Gold Cup in 2019, but has had to pull out of the squad just hours before their opening match with Martinique.
Communicating the disappointing news via their official website, Canada have confirmed that Davies has returned to Munich to begin his recovery.
There is no word yet on how long he will miss with the injury.
Davies is a central figure to Canada’s ‘golden generation’ and there had been real hopes that he and Lille’s Jonathan David could lead them to glory this summer. But David, who has a remarkable 15 goals in 16 caps, will also miss the tournament with injury.
Both absences are hammer blows for Canada, who had hoped to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time since 2000. Since then, it has been dominated by the USA and Mexico, the latter of whom have won the competition a record 11 times.
The tournament is North America’s version of the European Championship or the Copa America. 2021 will be the 16th edition under its current branding, and since 2003, it has run every two years
Canada face Martinique, Haiti and USA in the group phase of the competition, which kicked off on Saturday and will run until the final on 2 August.