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Global Feb 10, 2010

Updated: Charlie Davies recovering remarkably fast, could be ready for World Cup

Update (2/9/10) – Davies had successful elbow surgery today, the last of his multiple surgeries following his accident. Check out a picture he posted on Twitter of the scar here.

U.S. Men’s National Team striker Charlie Davies, who was in a car crash that killed another passenger on Oct. 13 in the Washington, DC metro area, knows he is lucky just to be alive. Davies, 23, sustained multiple serious injuries (a broken right femur and tibia, a broken left elbow, facial fractures and a lacerated bladder) during the accident, and the prognosis was that he would face an arduous six- to 12-month recovery and extensive rehabilitation.

Davies is now on the path to what seems a miraculous recovery, one that may even allow him to be ready for the World Cup this summer. While his quick rehabilitation is surprising to most, it isn’t to Davies. After the accident, he has had it in his mind all along that he would be ready to head back to France and play with his club, Sochaux, and he would be ready to play with the U.S. this summer on the world stage.

Check out this article from ESPN, where Davies talks about the accident, the road to recovery, playing again in France, and the World Cup. There’s also some great quotes from his rehab buddy and self-proclaimed older brother on the team, Oguchi Onyewu, who is currently recovering from a knee injury.

[ + Click here to read the story on ESPN’s SoccerNet.com ]

The author, Ives Galarcep, has also published additional quotes from Davies that he wasn’t able to get in the article. These are fascinating looks into Davies’ mental state after the accident – why he broke curfew and what he’s learned, and the first soccer game he watched after the accident.

[ + Click here to read the additional quotes by Davies ]