This is not going to reassure anyone, and especially not high-level athletes, quick to resume their training as soon as possible after being affected by Covid-19.
The young Canadian from Bayern Munich Alphonso Davies suffers from a “mild inflammation of the heart muscle” (myocarditis) probably following his Covid-19, and should be absent for several weeks, his coach Julian Nagelsmann revealed on Friday.
The 21-year-old left-back's problem will be "between mild and boring", added Nagelsmann, when asked about the severity of this inflammation.
Doctors have no scientific certainty about the origin of this pathology in Davies, "but the probability is great that it comes from his Covid", admitted Nagelsmann.
“He will be absent for an indefinite period.
Six more Covid cases at Bayern
"It's not that dramatic, but he has to heal, and it will take some time," said the coach.
Six other players affected by the coronavirus will return to the group this Saturday for the trip to Cologne but only captain Manuel Neuer and Corentin Tolisso are able to be aligned at the start.
The others, Leroy Sané, Dayot Upamecano, Omar Richards and Tanguy Nianzou "are in the process of recovery, but not yet recovered enough to start the match", according to the coach.
Of the nine players who tested positive for coronavirus last week, only Lucas Hernandez is yet to recover.
Kingsley Coman is fully recovered, but will be out due to the after-effects of a muscle injury.
Nagelsmann recalled for this match the two young players who entered the game last week against Mönchengladbach (2-1 defeat), Paul Wanner (16) and Lukas Copado (18).
Wanner had become on this occasion the youngest player in the history of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, at the age of 16 years and 15 days.