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US striker injured in deadly car accident

UNITED States forward Charlie Davies is in a serious but stable condition following surgery after being injured in a deadly single-car accident in Virginia early on Tuesday.

Davies, 23, underwent several hours of surgery after sustaining a lacerated bladder and fractures to his tibia and femur bones in his right leg, the US Soccer Federation said in a statement.

A person in the car with Davies was killed in the accident, federation spokesman Neil Buethe said in the statement.

Davies' injuries were not considered life-threatening, but would rule him out of playing the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

He would be in hospital for at least a week and would need additional surgeries, the statement added.

"Injuries of this nature usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months and extensive rehabilitation," US Soccer physician Dan Kalbac told reporters.

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

The accident occurred at about 3:15am local time on the Virginia side of the George Washington Parkway, Buethe said. It was unclear whether Davies was the driver.

"As a team we were saddened to learn this news," US coach Bob Bradley said. "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."

The United States, which has already clinched a place at the 2010 World Cup finals, was to play Costa Rica yesterday in Washington in its final qualifier.

Davies, who also plays for French Ligue 1 side Sochaux, has played in 17 internationals and scored four goals.


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