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Gambia US star Davies loses battle for World Cup fitness

May 5, 2010, 1:57 PM | Article By: Sainabou Kujabi

Gambian US based striker Charlie Davies, who was seriously injured in a car crash in Washington last October, will not be fit to compete in this summer's World Cup, medical staff at his French club Sochaux said on Tuesday.

Davies, the son of former Gambian superstar and captain of the legendary Benfica Club of The Gambia in the 1970's, Kofi Davis, had spoken of his desire to compete in South Africa, months after a deadly car crash seemed to have shattered his World Cup dreams.

The October 13 accident killed one passenger, leaving 23-year-old Sochaux star with a broken leg, multiple facial fractures and a lacerated bladder. Doctors said he would be out of action for a year.

The 24-year-old will not be fit to return to team action for Sochaux before the end of the season, a team source said, adding that he needed more time to recover.

The club, who are sixth from the bottom of Ligue 1, have said they are counting on Davies for next season.

Davies scored two goals in six appearances for Sochaux before the crash.