Bayern Munich have confirmed that defender Alphonso Davies will be out for the ‘time being’ after picking up a knock in the clash against FSV Mainz 05.
Davies started the game but lasted just nine minutes after picking up a muscle injury. He was replaced by Noussair Mazraoui.
The good news for the Bayern faithful is that the defender walked off the pitch, but it remains to be seen if he will play any further part in the campaign, with the club not offering a specific time frame for his potential return.
Davies will prove a huge miss for the record Bundesliga champions, but Thomas Tuchel’s side are well equipped to cope with his absence.
Mazraoui slotted in at right-back while Joao Cancelo moved over to the left, where he is also adept at playing, having featured there for Manchester City.
The versatile Portuguese defender joined Bayern on an initial loan deal, but they are still mulling over whether to exercise his enormous €70 million buy option.
While Davies’ injury is a setback to the team, it could offer the Portugal international a chance to prove his worth to the club’s bosses.
Davies’ importance to the team cannot be overstated, with the 22-year-old making 38 appearances across all competitions this season, chipping in with three goals and eight assists.
His impressive performances have seen him generate interest from Spanish and European champions Real Madrid, as well as Premier League champions Manchester City.
Los Blancos are short on cover in the left-back area with Ferland Mendy in and out of the treatment room, leaving Eduardo Camavinga and Nacho Fernandez to deputise in his absence.
City are also in the market for a new left-back, with Cancelo no longer in Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans, and they have a couple of options.
The Cityzens could try to use the former Juventus man as a makeweight for a potential deal for Davies, but it remains to be seen if Bayern will listen to offers.
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