Canada Soccer announced on Friday afternoon that Alphonso Davies will, unfortunately, not be able to play at the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup with the men's national team. The star fullback apparently suffered an ankle injury in training recently, which was enough to rule him out for the tournament. Davies has returned to Germany to begin his recovery with his club Bayern Munich, ahead of the beginning of their 2021-22 season in August. Davies was part of Canada's squad at both previous camps for FIFA World Cup qualifying, playing in all six games and scoring four goals, also providing a team-high five assists. The 20-year-old was expected to play a major role in Canada's Gold Cup campaign, but it appears that plan has been tragically hindered.
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It's unclear how Canada might choose to fill the space now open on their 23-man roster for this competition, but regardless they'll still enter the group stage of the tournament with a many of their key contributors like Cyle Larin, Stephen Eustáquio, and Richie Laryea, as well as exciting younger players like Ayo Akinola and Tajon Buchanan. Canada's Gold Cup campaign begins this Sunday, July 11 at 6:30 pm ET with a Group B match against Martinique (live on OneSoccer).