Charlie Davies Could Return to FC Sochoux by April: US Soccer Relieved

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Charlie Davies Could Return to FC Sochoux by April: US Soccer Relieved
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In a special report by ESPN Soccernet reporter Ives Galarcep, injured United States striker Charlie Davies is now jogging and could return to his club, FC Sochoux, in France's Ligue One by April.

Davies, who was involved in a deadly accident during the early hours of Oct. 13, 2009, had a long list of injuries including a broken tibia and femur, a broken elbow, and a lacerated spleen among other injuries suffered from the crash.

After Davies' accident, many people stated that they didn't expect him to return to the United States in time for the World Cup, despite Davies telling ESPN's Jeremy Schaap that he would be ready to play in the World Cup.

In that interview with ESPN, Davies also stated that he expected to be jogging by March, but he has proven that statement wrong with Davies now running and doing agility drills.

Now Davies only has to go through one more surgery (to remove a screw and a plate from his left elbow) and he will continue to train despite the many different scars that are now on his body as a result of the accident.

According to former U.S. National Team trainer Jim Hashminoto (who helped Davies and teammate Oguchi Onyewu recover from their injuries), what Davies has done has just been phenomenal.

Despite what has happened to Davies over the last several months, he expects to now be on the US squad and said in his interview with Galarcep that he doesn't expect to be good, but that he expects to excel now that he has returned.

Overall for Davies, this has been an exceptional comeback considering that he was barely able to stand up for more than five minutes just several weeks ago, but now he can run.

And also with his potential return, the United States will now be a more formidable team in the World Cup, as the dynamic duo of Davies and Jozy Altidore will continue to cause havoc against their opponents.

After that terrible accident several months ago, many people didn't think that Davies would be able to make the World Cup squad, but it appears that with his great progress, Charlie Davies could start against England on June 12 in the United States first World Cup match.

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