Bayern Munich’s star has not played since coming off the pitch clutching the back of his right thigh in a Bundesliga game against Hertha Berlin on November 6. Davies arrived in Qatar late last Friday after staying in Germany for treatment of a hamstring issue.
Bayern later stated that his participation in the World Cup was “not jeopardized,” which, while encouraging, did not provide a date for his recovery to play.
Canada Soccer has not made the 22-year-old Edmonton native accessible for interviews at its daily post-training media meetings. However, Davies took the initiative on Sunday, declaring himself fit in an interview with TSN.
“I’m ready to go,” he said, referring to Canada’s 41st-ranked team’s midweek tournament opener against No. 2 Belgium.
Coach John Herdman was significantly more circumspect while speaking to the media on Saturday. While Davies was able to participate in some of the contact work during training, he noted, “he’s still progressing 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.”
Davies appeared to hit one of those limits Monday during a warm-up drill when he grimaced and pulled up, seemingly favoring a leg. He returned to the warm-up but looked in visible discomfort for several seconds.