US International Charlie Davies, who plays his club football for FC Sochaux in France, was seriously injured early yesterday morning in a car accident outside of Washington, D.C. One of the occupants of the vehicle, Ashley Roberta, was killed, and another unidentified passenger was also injured.
Charlie faces a long road back. He had fractures to his right femur and tiba, a lacerated bladder, along with facial and elbow fractures.
Source: Washington Post, 14 October 2009.
"In a statement issued by the U.S. Soccer Federation, team physician Dan Kalbac estimated Davies's recovery will take six to 12 months and that he will require extensive rehabilitation, essentially ending his hopes of playing in next summer's World Cup in South Africa.
"Due to Charlie's fitness level, his prognosis for recovery and his ability to resume high-level competition is substantially improved," Kalbac said.
Tonight at RFK Stadium, the USA faces Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier. In the 9th minute (starting at 08'), the crowd has been instructed to honor #9, Charlie Davies.
US Manager Bob Bradley
"We are relying on each other in a moment that, for sure, hit us all hard," he said at the beginning of a regularly scheduled news conference. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and Charlie's family, as well as the other [persons] in the car and the families of the others involved."Source: Washington Post, 14 October 2009.
All fans of US and World Football wish Charlie a speedy recovery, and look forward to his next goal celebration. Condolences to the family of Ms. Roberta.
According to Steven Goff of Soccer Insider, fans can send their regards to Charlie via email. He is at the Washington Hospital Center.
"USA teammate Stuart Holden posted on his Twitter page:
'Ok guys u can send ALL your well wishes 2 Charlie, email firstname.lastname@example.org, they r printing all notes and bringing them 2 him! THX.' "