Canadian coach John Herdman said that Davies was “still getting towards top speed. But he hasn’t hit that top speed yet.”
“When you have a hamstring injury, there’s always a critical moment,” Herdman said Saturday. “That’s what happens when the hamstring is pushed, pushed to its limit.
“We have to get it right because this could be a long tournament for Canada. And that’s the last thing I want for Alfonso to miss out on.”
After arriving in Qatar in recent days, Herdman said Davis can’t wait to take the field for Canada, their first World Cup since 1986.
“He’s really excited,” Herdman said. “Who wouldn’t be struck by an 80-foot poster when you’re driving to your hotel?”
Eustaquio has an unspecified injury, and Borjan complains of stomach pains in Canada’s 2-1 win Japan In a friendly match in Dubai on Thursday. Borjan was held out of training on Saturday.
“That’s the life of a coach,” Herdman said. “I mean, it’s bleak on one side but there’s opportunity on the other.”
midfielder added Samuel Peet: “We played many games without Alphonso Davies during the qualification and we did really well. We don’t want to miss these guys. We want these guys on the pitch. But at the same time, it’s a call to answer is ready.
Canada faces an uphill task making it out of Group F, going up against No. 2 Belgium as well as 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia. Piette, however, insists the team has no fears after topping the CONCACAF World Cup to qualify for Qatar.
“We want to shock the world and show that Canada is a serious soccer country and a serious team,” Piette said. “And hopefully we start off on the right foot against Belgium.”
This report used information from The Associated Press.