Despite injury, Alphonso Davies will play for Canada
That wasn’t a wind storm in Canada; it was a collective sigh of relief from coast-to-coast.
Over the weekend, Canada’s top player Alphonso Davies left his Bayern Munich match with what appeared to be an injured leg. The 22-year-old was diagnosed with a “hamstring strain” that, according to Bayern’s medical staff, is not as bad as initially feared and his participation in the World Cup for Canada is “not at risk.” He’ll miss Bayern’s last two remaining games before the winter break but should return in time for Qatar.
Maybe Alphonso Davies showing up and playing might not be “at risk” per se, but hamstring injuries can be challenging, and you have to wonder if he’ll be in top shape when the real games begin. Canada needs their star player at his best if they want to come out of what appears to be a tough Group F. OfficePools Wire will continue to update all Team Canada news as we move closer to the biggest tournament in the World.
Maxime Crepeau will not play for Canada
But in Canada, when it rains, it snows, as Canadian goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau broke his right leg in the MLS Cup Final. The Quebec native’s injury was so gruesome that they refused to show it on TV. What makes it even more heartbreaking is that Crepeau was expected to get some playing time in tandem with fellow goalkeeper Milan Borjan. Those hopes and dreams were dashed as he was carted off the field on Sunday and immediately sent to surgery.
Canada plays its first World Cup matchup on November 23rd against Belgium at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. Make sure to play along at OfficePools.com by creating a free World Cup Pick’em Pool.