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Ligue 1 Daily- Charlie Davies ready to make comeback

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By Karl Jones

Saturday 18 December 2010

It is just over 14 months since the accident but now the time has come. FC Sochaux striker Charlie Davies is ready to resume his promising career after spending months rebuilding the muscles in his right leg following the car accident that ended his World Cup dream. Once the American forward had overcome the emergency surgery needed to save him, the next stage of rebuilding was his confidence.

Reflecting on the incident, Davies said: “My situation shows how you can go from the top and then in one second an accident can send you to rock bottom and you got to work your way back up. I'm just trying to be a good role model and at the same time, get back stronger than ever.”

Capped 17 times by the United States, Davies is yet to feature this season. After scoring twice in eight appearances, he is eagerly awaiting to return to action. The 23-year-old said: “I'm feeling good. Physically I haven't felt this good in a year or so, so I'm feeling like my old self which is great because that's the most important thing because we all know the football will come by itself. Honestly I'm feeling great. I'm training really well.”

The next stage of his rehabilitation is more time on the pitch. He returned to feature in Sochaux’s latest second-string outing- where Davies was able to celebrate his return with a goal. Yet as most professionals will tell you, whilst reserve team football is beneficial for regaining match fitness, it is the return to competitive action that signals whether a player is over the ordeal of being injured.

Sochaux’s next Ligue 1 fixture is one that holds significance with Davies: “I hope I get to play. It [Bordeaux vs Sochaux] was my home debut for Sochaux last season and I scored twice and I really can't think of a better way to make my comeback than against Bordeaux, in the game where it all began, and to comeback after over a year out of the game against one of the top teams in France. It would be astonishing to finally get my chance.”

Sochaux currently lie in 10th place and in Davies’ place Brown Ideye and Modibo Maiga have struck up a sound understanding in attack- the partnership has produced 13 goals so far this season. The rehabilitation process that the talented American has strived to complete is nearing the end. Davies is closing in on a remarkable return to the Sochaux bench- for the time being- reminding us all what can be achieved through perserverance and sheer hard work. His club are also a testament to that. After spending the last three seasons in the lower reaches of Ligue 1, Sochaux are aiming to establish themselves as a top half side. A bonus for this season would undoubtedly be the restoration of Davies as one of the States’ brightest stars.

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