Davies eyes late March return

American forward Charlie Davies hopes to resume training with
Sochaux by late March and appear in matches next month.

Recovering from a one-vehicle accident Oct. 13 in Virginia,
the 23-year-old has been rehabilitating at the Cap Sport Centre in
Capbreton since late February.

He sustained two broken bones in his right leg, a broken and
dislocated left elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a
fracture in his face, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on his brain.

Davies hopes to make the U.S. World Cup roster, which appears
to be a long shot. He’s at the rehab center along with Chelsea
defender Ashley Cole (broken left ankle) and Michael Essien (knee

“I’m outside, running at a good pace, as far as jogging,
cutting, agility and playing with the ball,” he said in an
interview posted Wednesday on the team’s Web site.

“I’m starting to dribble and trying to get the movements
back. By the end of next week, I’ll think I’ll be pretty confident
to end up joining the team again in training.”

Davies, who was born in Manchester, N.H., and played for
Boston College, has four goals in 17 games with the U.S. national
team. He was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. He had two
goals in six appearances with Sochaux before the accident.

“I definitely feel that I’m able to get back towards the end
of April,” he said. “I feel really confident that I’ll be back to
myself as far as physical able to run, cut, shoot and do everything
that I could before.”