Alphonso Davies could return from a skull bruise on Sunday for Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has said Canadian star Alphonso Davies, who suffered a skull bruise after taking a kick to the head last weekend, could feature in Sunday’s game against SC Freiburg.
« Alphonso Davies hasn’t had any problems in recent days in training, » Nagelsmann said in his pre-match press conference on Saturday.
The coach said that while he will see how Davies and Matthijs de Ligt (hip) will fare in the final training session, he is optimistic.
« I feel like both are going to be ready to go, » Nagelsmann said, adding that Serge Gnabry (knee) is in the same boat.
Third-placed Bayern host second-placed Freiburg at the Allianz Arena.
Davies had to be helped off the pitch last weekend just before half-time in a game against Borussia Dortmund after challenging Jude Bellingham for the ball. The England midfielder, using his body to shield the ball from Davies, kicked the ball high with his right foot, looking to pivot and drive it away from the Bayern back.
Watch the new CBC Sports Soccer North broadcast weekly on CBC Gem and CBC Sports YouTube starting Friday, October 28. Hosted by Andi Petrillo, Soccer North brings Canadians closer to the most exciting soccer headlines happening on and off the pitch.
Davies got his head on the ball first and Bellingham’s foot hit the Canadian’s face, not the ball. Davies then fell to the ground, clutching his face.
The 21-year-old from Edmonton received treatment and appeared unsteady as he was helped off the field on the eve of halftime. He saw no further action.
Alphonso Davies was forced off after taking that boot in the face of Jude Bellingham. pic.twitter.com/YtQVpO7ZmO
Dortmund rallied to level the game 2-2 on goals in the 74th and 95th minutes after Bayern went up 2-0.
Davies missed out on a midweek Champions League win over Czech Republic’s Viktoria Plzen.
Bayern will be without injured Manuel Neuer, Bouna Sarr and Lucas Hernandez as well as suspended Kingsley Coman.