[USA] Charlie Davies blames Alexandre Lacombe, president of French club Sochaux, for not making the USA's 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup and not having a chance to win a spot on the 23-player final roster at the camp that begins Monday in Princeton, N.J.
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"I'm very angry because I feel FC Sochaux has denied me a chance at playing in the World Cup," Davies said on the French radio station RMC's "Luis Attaque!", former French star and coach Luis Fernandez's program, on Wednesday night. "Of course, I'm not at 100 percent now, but I feel that by the time our World Cup camp starts next week I would be at a level where I can compete for one of the forward spot."
Davies had undergone extensive rehab in his bid to resume play after last October's car accident left him with multiple serious injuries, but Lacombe had said several weeks ago that Davies would not be playing for Sochaux again this season. (The French league concludes on Saturday.)
Sochaux did not issue a medical clearance to release him.
"It's frustrating because for the past months I've been training with the team," Davies said. "At the beginning, it was not so well but I've progressed a lot, I continue to progress, I still have to progress but I'm definitely ready to play."
Davies said he received all kinds of support from his Sochaux teammates but is bitter with Lacombe for speaking out without talking with him.
"A month left in the season, the president said to press that I wouldn't play for Sochaux this season," said Davies. "He did it without talking to me, without talking to the doctors, without talking to the coaches."
Davies added that he has never talked with Lacombce since the accident.
U.S. coach Bob Bradley's staff had been monitoring Davies' situation. U.S. fitness coach Pierre Barrieu, who is French, had been in regular contact with the Sochaux staff.
“Charlie has shown incredible heart and determination to reach this point in his recovery," Bradley said on Tuesday. "We have followed his progress extensively during the past several months through physical examinations and personal observation by our staff, and he remained in consideration for this training camp until yesterday. FC Sochaux notified us that at this point Charlie has not been given medical clearance, and that they would not grant his full release to join the camp. Given that status and our own evaluation of his progress, we feel it is Charlie’s best interest to continue his rehabilitation and focus on getting fully prepared to resume his professional and international career.”
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 were a concern.
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