Davies’ long road back comes up short

Earlier today the United States’ provisional World Cup roster was released. Of all the big names that took up the 30 man roster the story was about the one that was left off; Charlie Davies.

The U.S. forward has been recovering the last few months from a horrific car accident last October.  In the accident Davies suffered a broken elbow, femur, tibia, fibula, and fractures to his face.  Fighting for his life, many thought that Davies might not walk, let alone play soccer, ever again.  However, Davies defied the odds and just seven months after a crash that could have taken his life was back on the pitch playing again.

Even with all the rehabilitation is the past months it was clear that Davies was not at 100%.  But still, manager and coach Bob Bradley struggled over the decision to leave Davies off the roster.

“‘[The Davies decision] has been incredibly difficult,’ U.S. manager Bob Bradley said in a broadcast interview with ESPN on Tuesday. “Charlie has shown so much heart in his work to get back from his injuries. We’ve monitored all of his workouts, we’ve had people [in France], we’ve observed him, and he remained part of the consideration right up until yesterday.”

Even though Charlie Davies’ name wont be on the US roster this coming June, he sure will be a part of all the players’ heart. I’m not sure of all the rules, but I would love to see Davies along the sideline in South Africa for nothing more than an assistant coach or simple moral support.  Not enough can be said for the stunning road to recovery that Charlie Davies has endured the last seven months, and I for one hope that this is just a speed bump along his return to the game.

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