“As we have always said, the coaching staff is still continuing to monitor Charlie’s progress and will make a determination on whether he will be invited into the pre-World Cup training camp.”
At this point, Charlie Davies has not been ruled out of the World Cup by US Soccer.
Via Grant Wahl on Twitter from USSF:
• US trainer Ivan Pierra did meet with Charlie Davies over the past week in France. USSF spokesman said he did not know results of check-up.
A big thanks to FC Sochaux and their spokesman for getting back to us so quickly. Their revision:
(Note, we had a different comment up on TSG earlier that was stated to TSG in an unofficial capacity. We have revised to the following:)
FC Sochaux athletic trainer Cédric Blomme: “Charlie’s situation is encouraging. He makes progress everyday and that’s good. It keeps his hopes alive. We can’t say it’s impossible. It’s important for him and the team. The US Soccer Federation will publish a list with 30 players and maybe he will be on this list. We have to see how far he can come in his progress.”
Thanks to TSG reader K-Mac for passing this story along earlier this morning.
An AP “source” source says medical staff at FC Sochaux comment that Charlie Davies fitness levels are not high enough to merit consideration for the USMNT World Cup roster.
Here’s the article in its entirety….I put in a request yesterday to follow up with Charlie.
(AFP) – 58 minutes ago
SOCHAUX, France — US striker Charlie Davies, seriously injured in a car crash in Washington last October, will not be fit to compete in this summer’s World Cup, medical staff at his French club Sochaux said Tuesday.
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 Sochaux star with a broken leg, multiple facial fractures and a lacerated bladder. Doctors said he would be out of action for a year.
Davies will not be fit to return to team action for Sochaux before the end of the season, a team source said, adding that he needed more time to recover.
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.
Please remember, the FC Sochaux staff has a vested interest that Davies is back and healthy for the club, not international, team competition.
Still, not heartening news for your Tuesday morning.