Alphonso Davies was included in Canada’s World Cup squad despite injury concerns in Bayern Munich’s recent Bundesliga win over Hertha Berlin.
Davies raised concerns about his condition when he limped out of Bayern’s 3-2 win at the Olympiastadion last week, with the Bavarian giants subsequently confirming he suffered a hamstring strain.
However, Bayern then said that Davies’ World Cup hopes were “not at risk” and that the 22-year-old was part of John Herdman’s 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar.
Lille’s Jonathan David is another big name on Herdman’s squad, with his nine Ligue 1 goals this season trailed only by Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe (12) and Neymar (11).
Canada kicks off its first World Cup since 1986 playing Belgium on 23 November before taking on fellow Group F rivals Croatia and Morocco.
Atiba Hutchinson, born in 1983, is the only member of Team Canada who was alive when the country last competed in the World Cup.
Canada lost all three matches in their only previous World Cup appearance without scoring a goal. It is one of only four countries to have played at least three World Cup matches without being drawn (also Trinidad and Tobago, Zaire and China).
— Canadian Football (@CanadaSoccerEN) November 13, 2022