US striker Charlie Davies, seriously injured in a car crash in Washington last October, may yet be able to compete in this summer's 2010 FIFA World Cup™, medical staff at his French club Sochaux said Tuesday.
Initial indications from the club medical staff were that he would lose his fitness battle. However, club physical trainer Cedric Blomme said there was a still a chance he might make the finals starting on 11 June.
"I don't want to be pessimistic. Davies has come through so much and is progressing from day to day. It is encouraging and he has to hope that he can be on the plane to South Africa," he said.
Blomme also added that he believed "one cannot say it is impossible" for Davies to make it into the Sochaux squad before the end of the season as "there is a month to go before the World Cup. He is training regularly with the [Sochaux] squad. A list of 30 players will be unveiled and perhaps he will be on it. We will have to see how he goes," Blomme said.
Davies had spoken of his desire to compete in South Africa, months after a deadly car crash seemed to have shattered his World Cup dreams. The October 13 accident killed one passenger and left the 23-year-old with a broken leg, multiple facial fractures and a lacerated bladder. Doctors said he would be out of action for a year.
The club, who are sixth from the bottom of Ligue 1, have said they are counting on Davies for next season. Davies scored two goals in six appearances for Sochaux before the crash.