Four weeks after being admitted in serious condition following a fatal one-car accident, U.S. national team star Charlie Davies was released from the hospital.
Davies, a passenger in the vehicle that crashed in suburban Washington on the eve of the USA-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier at RFK Stadium, suffered a broken right tibia and femur, lacerated bladder, broken left elbow and facial fractures.
"Charlie faces a long recovery," said James DeBritz, Washington Hospital Center's orthopedic trauma director. "It will take time and extensive physical therapy for his bones and soft tissue to heal. His overall health, age and positive attitude should help him to have a good outcome."
Davies will begin his rehabilitation with the U.S. Soccer medical staff. He will work with USA trainer Jim Hashimoto in Delaware, according to the Washington Post's Soccer Insider. In 2003, U.S. star Claudio Reyna went to Hashimoto's clinic to rehab following a serious knee injury.
Davies' recovery period is expected to take 6-12 months, all but ruling out his participation in the 2010 World Cup.
"I would like to take the time to thank everyone who has dealt with me for really putting in the time to help me get better as a person and as an athlete," Davies said in a statement. "I continue to improve every day and I look forward to getting back on my feet and attacking rehabilitation. Thank you for everyone's support. It really means a lot to me."