Bayern Munich’s Canadian international defender Alphonso Davies suffered a “brain bruise” after being taken in the face by the boot of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham in Saturday’s draw, according to the Bundesliga champions.
“FC Bayern defender Alphonso Davies suffered a skull bruise during the 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s big Bundesliga fixture, scans have revealed,” a Bayern statement said.
“The 21-year-old [Davies] feels good under the circumstances but took time out from training on Sunday,” the Bayern statement added.
“Davies was taken in the face by Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham boot shortly before the break and had to be taken off.”
Davies posted a video on Instagram saying, “Just want to say thank you everyone for the kind messages and can’t wait to be back on the pitch soon. Thank you.”
Jude Bellingham also took to social media, tweeting: ‘Apologies for the @AlphonsoDavies collision. I hope you feel better as soon as possible.
Davies is an integral part of the Canadian team, which will compete at the World Cup next month for the first time since 1986.
He had returned to Bayern’s starting line-up after missing much of last season with a heart condition.
Following an episode of Covid-19, the Canadian developed symptoms of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.
Illness forced Davies to miss nearly six months of Bayern’s campaign last season as well as Canada’s last six CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
Davies was forced to watch his fellow countrymen qualifying for football’s biggest event on TV. Footage went viral of Davies, who was streaming his viewing of Canada’s win over Jamaica on Twitch, bursting into tears as the country only qualified for their second World Cup.
The Bayern side lost a two-goal lead in Saturday’s game.
Anthony Modeste scored a 95th-minute equalizer with effectively the last touch of the game in an incident-packed game.
On the half-hour mark, Bayern had taken the lead with a strike from Leon Goretzka before the visitors doubled their lead early in the second half thanks to a ferocious strike from Leroy Sane.
But Youssoufa Moukoko sparked Dortmund’s comeback with a fine finish just inside the box. In the 90th minute, Bayern saw substitute Kingsley Coman sent off for a second booking before Modeste headed home the final equaliser.
The draw leaves Bayern and Dortmund level on points in the Bundesliga, two behind second-place Freiburg and two more points from surprise league leaders Union Berlin.