Davies injury blow for Bayern Munich as Canada star suffers ankle ligament damage

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Bayern Munich have been hit with an Alphonso Davies injury blow after the Canada star was forced off in the opening minutes of their Bundesliga clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Davies appeared to roll his right ankle while running without the ball, and without being tackled by an opposition player.

The 19-year-old left-back was replaced by Lucas Hernandez in the third minute, and was helped from the pitch by two members of Bayern's backroom staff.

Bayern boss Hansi Flick has now revealed the severity of the injury, with Davies set to take in a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Flick told reporters when asked for a fitness update: “He has a ligament injury on his right ankle.

“He's twisted and tore a ligament, a ligament was partially torn off. We expect him to be out for six to eight weeks.”

In the short term at least, Davies' injury did not seem to disrupt Bayern's momentum as Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring inside 10 minutes and went on to record another hat-trick in a 5-0 win.

However, with important games in the weeks to come, the German champions will be disappointed to have lost one of last season's stand-out players.

After the weekend's action, Bayern return to the defence of their Champions League crown with a group-stage fixture away to Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday.

Bayern also play Koln and Red Bull Salzburg before a Klassiker trip to face Borussia Dortmund on November 7.

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Davies had played in all of Bayern's games this season apart from the Bundesliga opener against Schalke.

He will be hoping to build on a superb breakthrough campaign in 2019-20. Davies announced himself to the world as he became a key component of Flick's treble-winning side, contributing three goals and 10 assists in all competitions from left-back.

The youngster has already emerged as a poster boy for football in Canada and, while Flick has admitted his form has dropped slightly in the new campaign, Davies knows he has his coach's full support.

“He is a good mentor and he talks to his players, especially his young players,” Davies has told the Bundesliga's official channel.

“He wants everybody to thrive at this club and him being the manager is good for everyone at this club. He is a down-to-earth guy and he was a player once, so he knows what we go through and how hard it is to play this game, especially with the schedule we have right now.

“We are playing every three days and it is not easy. It is truly a blessing that he is there for all the players.”

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