Davies' World Cup hopes slim

Charlie Davies' chances of making the U.S. World Cup squad remain in doubt, as Sochaux's president said the injured American forward is done for the French league season.
Charlie Davies has four goals in 17 appearances with the U.S. national team. ((Francois Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images))

Charlie Davies' chances of making the U.S. World Cup squad remain in doubt.

The president of Sochaux, the French club that Davies plays for, was quoted Thursday as saying the injured American forward is done for the season.

Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe told the online version of daily newspaper L'Est Republicain that Davies "will not play again in Ligue 1 (the French league) this season."

There are five games left in the French league campaign, and chances are that if Davies isn't fit to play in any of those matches, U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley won't take him to South Africa in June.

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 he returned to training with Sochaux last month. Whether he will be fit to play for his country at the World Cup in South Africa this summer remains to be seen.

"Since leaving his wheelchair, he has gone through a lot physically to come back," Lacombe said. "We know he could well suffer a blow to his morale if he misses the World Cup, the beacon that has guided him since his accident."

The U.S. opens play at the World Cup on June 12 against England in Rustenburg. World Cup teams must submit preliminary 30-man rosters to FIFA by May 11 and a final 23-man roster by June 1 — substitutions can be made up until 24 hours before a team's first match of the tournament.

The U.S. begins its World Cup training camp on May 17 in Princeton, N.J.

'Progressing very well'

"Just to let you all know I'm progressing very well & lucky not to have had any setbacks & I'm working extremely hard every day. Believe!!!!!," reads a message posted Thursday afternoon on Davies' Twitter page.

Davies also told The Associated Press Thursday he is "still very hopeful of playing this season" and that "we will see come the next couple of weeks."

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 last November

"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.

With files from The Associated Press