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Alphonso Davies returns to training with Bayern Munich after blow to the head

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MUNICH – Canadian star Alphonso Davies, who had to be helped off the pitch last weekend after take a boot on the headwas back in training on Friday with Bayern Munich.

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As Friday was officially a day off from training, Bayern said Davies, Matthijs de Ligt, Serge Gnabry – all of whom missed Bayern’s 4-2 Champions League win on Wednesday at Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic – and goalkeeper Johannes Schenk trained with head coach Julian Nagelsmann, assistant coach. Dino Toppmoller and fitness manager Holger Broich.

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Davies was diagnosed with a ‘cranial bruise’ after taking a kick to the face in Bayern’s 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund last Saturday.

The 21-year-old from Edmonton suffered the injury in the 45th minute at Signal Iduna Park while challenging Jude Bellingham of Dortmund for the ball. The England midfielder, using his body to shield the ball from Davies, kicked the ball high with his right foot, looking to pivot and drive it away from the Bayern back.

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Davies got his head on the ball first and Bellingham’s foot hit the Canadian’s face, not the ball. Davies then fell to the ground, clutching his face.

He received treatment and looked unsteady as he was helped off the pitch on the eve of half-time. He saw no further action.

Dortmund rallied to level the game 2-2 on goals in the 74th and 95th minutes after Bayern went up 2-0.

Third-placed Bayern, who have not given a timetable for Davies’ return to action, welcome second-placed Freiburg to the Allianz Arena on Sunday.

  1. Bayern Munich's Canadian midfielder Alphonso Davies (second from left) reacts injured on the sidelines during the German Bundesliga first division soccer match between BVB Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich in Dortmund, western Germany, October 8, 2022.

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  2. Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - October 8, 2022. Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies receives medical treatment after sustaining an injury.

    Canadian Alphonso Davies absent from Bayern Munich’s Champions League match in Czechia

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