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US striker injured in fatal crash

Charlie Davies
Davies has played in the recent World Cup qualifiers for the US

United States striker Charlie Davies is in a serious but stable condition after a car accident which left a female passenger dead in Virginia.

Davies, 23, underwent several hours of emergency surgery to repair a shattered right leg and ruptured bladder.

The injuries are not considered life-threatening, but means he may miss out on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Davies, a forward for Sochaux in French Ligue 1, has scored four goals in 17 appearances for the US.

The accident occurred at around 0315 (0815 BST) on Tuesday on the Virginia side of the George Washington Parkway. There were three people in the vehicle with Davies one of the passengers.

He suffered multiple facial fractures, a badly broken right leg, a broken left elbow and a lacerated bladder.

Police identified the dead passenger as 22-year-old Ashley Roberta.

Davies is being treated at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC.

US Soccer physician Dan Kalbac said his injuries would "usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months and extensive rehabilitation".

We are are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard

US coach Bob Bradley

"Due to Charlie's fitness level, his prognosis recovery and his ability to resume high-level competition is substantially improved," Kalbac added.

Kalbac hoped Davies could eventually recover and play for the national team again but his participation in the World Cup tournament in South Africa, which begins next June, is in jeopardy.

The US, who have already clinched a place at the 2010 finals, face Costa Rica on Wednesday at RFK Stadium in Washington in their last qualifier.

Coach Bob Bradley said: "As a team we were saddened to learn this news. We are are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charlie and Charlie's family as well as the people in the car and the families of the others involved."

Davies played 78 minutes in last Saturday's 3-2 win over Honduras in San Pedro Sula that secured their progression to the World Cup.

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