In his first interview since being seriously injured in a car accident that killed another passenger, U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies said he expected to make a full recovery. Asked by Jeremy Schaap on ESPN's "SportsCenter," "By the World Cup?", Davies responded, "By the World Cup."
"They think I'm going to make a full recovery and the doctors said
they'll be looking forward to seeing the World Cup this summer," said
Asked what it was like to survive an accident that killed someone else,
"I mean, that's hard to say. I know I've become a lot more emotional
since the accident, and it's definitely one of those things that really
shakes you up and has me thinking at night a lot. My mind will be
racing, and it's one of those things that I think eventually I'll get
over, but it's definitely a difficult time and it's a time that's made
me grow as a person."
Schaap interviewed Davies
in Delaware, where the U.S. striker is continuing his rehabilitation
under the direction of Jim Hashimoto,
U.S. Soccer's head rehabilitation trainer. Also working with Hashimoto
is injured U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu.
Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe
lequipe.fr, the web site of French sports daily L'Equipe, Sunday that
Davies "might be able to begin jogging in
February" but that it was too soon to talk about a date when he could
begin playing again.
Lacombe added that Davies should remain in
Delaware until the end of December or beginning of January before
returning to France to continue his rehabilitation. "He is recovering
rather quickly and well even if he cannot walk on his own," said