Charlie Davies to return to Sochaux
French league star says he's done with rehab, ready to start training
American striker Charlie Davies is on the mend and appears to be ready to resume training with his pro club, French outfit Sochaux.
"It's official! I'm done with rehab!!! Leaving for Sochaux tomorrow! Who said I couldn't be back training so soon!? Let's go!! God Bless!!" Davies posted on his Twitter page Thursday.
Davies, 23, broke several bones, including two in his right leg, and sustained a lacerated bladder and multiple facial injuries after a serious car accident last October.
Davies, a passenger in the car, was released from a Washington, D.C., hospital after a month, having spent time in the intensive-care unit and undergoing a series of operations. He was lucky to be alive. A 22-year-old woman in the car with Davies died as a result of injuries from the crash.
The initial prognosis was that Davies would miss six to 12 months, but Davies appears to be ahead of schedule. Whether he will be fit to play for the United States at the World Cup in South Africa this summer remains to be seen.
Davies recently said he hoped to return to action for the French club next month and work towards earning a spot on the U.S.'s 23-man World Cup roster.
The U.S. begins World Cup play against Egland on June 12 in Rustenburg.
Davies 'improving and maturing'
At the time of the accident, Davies was starting to come into his own in France. He scored two goals in six games for Sochaux, the team he signed with during the summer after spending two years with Swedish club Hammarby.
He was also putting in solid performances for the U.S. national team and was expected to feature prominently for the American side at the World Cup.
"Charlie had really emerged as a young forward who had physical abilities as his starting point: speed, balance and quickness," U.S. coach Bob Bradley told CBCSports.ca.
"He made a move to Sweden first coming out of college. It took him a full year to get adjusted, but he had a very good second year and it led to a transfer to France, and with our national team we felt that he was starting to show people that he was improving and maturing.
"It's always nice when you see a young player catching on and taking advantage of his opportunities."
Davies has four goals in 17 appearances with the U.S. national team. He was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.