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Canada: Will Alphonso Davies recover in time for Belgium clash?

Canada (Alphonso Davies)
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The Bayern Munich star is recovering from a hamstring issue.

Canada manager John Herdman has insisted his side is “doing everything” to help Alphonso Davies recover in time for their upcoming match against Belgium.

Davies suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Bayern Munich earlier this month. Despite the initial optimism, the defender hasn’t been able to participate in team training with Canada.

As the Reds prepare for their crucial opener against Belgium, Herdman admits Davies is still a doubt.

 “My mission is to make sure he plays at this World Cup, it’s a childhood dream for him,” Herdman said in Saturday’s press conference.

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“But I have to say Belgium’s another level, we haven’t faced a team of that level since we played against Brazil [a 3-2 friendly loss in 2008].

“You need players like Alphonso, whether that’s starting, or off the bench. So, we’re doing everything we can.

“He’s still building towards hitting his top speed. He hasn’t hit that top speed yet and when you have hamstring injuries that’s always the key moment. That’s when the hamstring is pushed to its limits.”

Following their match against Belgium on Wednesday, Davies and co will take on Croatia four days later. They will then lock horns with Morocco in their last Group F game on December 1.