American Davies set to return for French club after car crash wire reports

SOCHAUX, France -- American Charlie Davies is expected to play for Sochaux on Sunday for the first time since a near-fatal car crash 14 months ago.

Davies was a passenger in a car accident in October 2009 in which another passenger died.

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

"I AM IN THE SQUAD FOR TOMORROW'S MATCH VS BORDEAUX!!!" Davies said Twitter. "Another step towards the ultimate goal. THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!!!!"

After a remarkable recovery, Davies returned to training with Sochaux just five months after the accident. Despite an intense fitness regime, he missed the World Cup in South Africa.

His last competitive match was the United States' World Cup qualifier at Honduras on Oct. 10 last year -- only days before the crash.

The forward has appeared in several reserve games for Sochaux to build up his fitness.

Davies scored twice against Bordeaux at the start of last season -- his only goals so far for the first team.

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