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.”