When Alphonso Davies collapsed at the start of Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, it was clear the 19-year-old was in great pain and his injury was likely to keep him out of action for quite a while. .
Ultimately, Davies is set to miss six to eight weeks with ligament injuries to his ankle, which has left manager Hansi Flick to consider his options to use at left-back.
In a report from Sport1, Flick commented on a few distinct possibilities for the club, while Davies recovers:
- Lucas Hernandez: The obvious choice, Hernandez can perfectly take over a position he’s largely been the starter in for the majority of this season anyway. “He’s playing the full-back position really well,” said Flick. “He gives us a certain quality, also in the game against the ball. I am very satisfied. He showed in the final stages of last season where he was and what his strengths are. He is showing them now from the start of this season.
- David Alaba: A former left-back starter before his transition to center-back, Alaba has a long and successful history on the defensive left flank. Able to bombard the pitch offensively and with enough pace to come back effectively, Alaba can easily switch to left-back when needed.
From there, he would see that there are a few long shots, but Flick didn’t seem resistant to using at least one of them:
- Remy Vita: Vita just joined Bayern Munich a few weeks ago and currently plays for Bayern Munich II in 3.Liga. On Sunday, Vita scored her first goal for the club in the U-23 team’s 2-0 win over Waldhof Mannheim. “We also have a U-23 and we have to see if we have a player with us who can help us in that position from time to time,” said Flick of Vita.
- Alexander Lungwitz: The 20-year-old Munich native, Lungwitz’s immediate future with Bayern Munich II could be in doubt as Vita is expected to take on the role. It would appear that any decision to use Lungwitz would only be a deep reserve, so Vita can settle down with Bayern Munich II.
Before the injury, Davies oddly spent quite a bit of time on the bench. Some have speculated that Flick is handling the load with his young star, but none of that will matter now. What matters most to Davies, however, is simply to rest, recover, and look forward to 2021 for a comeback.
At this point, Bayern Munich have more than enough organizational depth to handle an injury to a key player, especially left-back.