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Canadian football star Alphonso Davies has heart muscle problem after COVID-19 fight

Alphonso Davies, from Edmonton, has been sidelined with evidence of heart muscle inflammation after being infected with the coronavirus, Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann said on Friday.

The Canada international will be out of action for at least “the coming weeks” after the inflammation, known as myocarditis, was detected in a follow-up exam after returning to training this week, Nagelsmann said. The trainer described the inflammation as “mild” and “not so dramatic”, citing the results of an ultrasound exam.

Myocarditis is a benign and temporary condition in the vast majority of cases, according to experts.

Bayern said last week Davies tested positive and was back in training on Wednesday. Nagelsmann said Davies will now stop training until further notice to give his body time to heal.

Davies was scheduled to play the World Cup qualifiers with Canada in Honduras (Jan.27), at home against the United States in Hamilton (Jan.30) and El Salvador (Feb.2).