[AMERICANS ABROAD] Striker Charlie Davies trained Sochaux on Monday, the first time he has participated in full training with the French club since suffering multiple injuries in a car accident last October.
"It’s about time & it feels great!" Davies wrote on his Twitter page. "My speed is getting there too! Today was a good day!”
Alexandre Lacombe, president of French club Sochaux, had said last week Davies would not play for the Ligue 1 club this season, dealing a blow to the striker's bid to make the U.S. World Cup team. But the 23-year-old striker remains hopeful he'll play in one of Sochaux's last four games.
Davies' injuries included two broken bones in his right leg, a broken and dislocated left elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on the brain. His elbow injuries in particular have been a concern.
While the deadline for the U.S. World Cup coach Bob Bradley to name his short list of 30 players is May 11, he has until June 1 to cut that list down to 23 players.
Bradley will hold an eight-day camp at Princeton University. Players and coaches will begin to report May 15 for the eight-day camp. The first training session is scheduled for May 17 at Roberts Field.
In the New York Times, Bradley set out what he expects of Davies if he is to be invited to the camp: “It needs to be clear that we feel at that time that he is fit, sharp and really in a strong position to be able to help our team. The ideal situation is that players are coming in May and that they’ve played important roles for their club teams.”