During Sunday’s match against Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich was overpowering die Werkself 5-0 by just the 40th minute. At this time, Nagelsmann made the decision to take off Alphonso Davies as a cautious measure to prevent injury.
Davies was already strained by the international trip, as the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers are infamous for aggressive tackles and dangerous challenges. On top of this, the Canadian’s playstyle is very hard on the body. He usually returns for international break with some lingering issues.
Alphonso Davies is unreal— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 14, 2021
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After the game, Julian Nagelsmann that Davies felt pain in his back thigh. The coach said that he probably got lucky based off the doctor’s initial diagnosis. The medical staff suspect a slight strain of the muscles.
Alphonso Davies is a doubt for Wednesday's game against Benfica. The Canadian will undergo further tests today and tomorrow to provide more information on his availability [Kicker] pic.twitter.com/c353TrIJqF— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) October 18, 2021
It is not yet certain whether the Canadian will be fit for the Champions League game on Wednesday. Davies could certainly use a match off to recover, but the game against Benfica will be an important one, as both teams are heading into Matchday 3 with 6 points each.
Davies excelled in his brief appearance in the match against Leverkusen, but Hernandez has proven a solid replacement and should be able to cover the left flank adequately (unless he goes to prison on Tuesday). A more detailed diagnosis and assessment should be provided later Monday or on Tuesday ahead of the match. Get well soon, Phonzie!