[AMERICANS ABROAD] With the French winter break set to begin on Wednesday, Charlie Davies should know soon whether he'll stay in French club Sochaux, with which he has been playing for its fourth division team, or whether he'll be loaned out during the January transfer window, as his coach has suggested might happen.
Davies continues his recovery from the serious injuries he sustained in October 2009 after the car in which he was a passenger crashed in Northern Virginia.
"He's doing better," Sochaux coach Francis Gillot said last week on French talk show Larque Foot. "He's progressing slowly but he isn't ready to play in Ligue 1. We might loan him out this winter so he can play regularly during the second part of the season."
Complicating Davies' task is the fact that Sochaux, tied for 10th in the First Division, has the league's third best attack. Nigerian Brown Ideye and Malian Modibo Maigahave combined for 13 goals, and it has other young players coming through the development program voted the best in France in 2010 by France Football.
“There are two guys ahead of me in the pecking order who are scoring goals left and right and playing well together, as well,” Davies told AP. “But if I could get 15 or 20 minutes and make a difference and turn a few heads and suddenly people would be thinking, Sochaux with Bobby [Brown], Modibo and Davies, have three strikers that can all contribute and offer different things. I don’t know which way it’s going to go. so I can’t really say anything about a loan just yet."
Davies holds out hope of playing Saturday against Bordeaux, the club against which he made his home debut last year and scored two goals.
"I really can't think of a better way to make my comeback that against Bordeaux, in the game where it all began, and comeback after over a year out of the game against one of the top teams in France," Davies said. "It would be astonishing to finally get my chance."