WASHINGTON, October 15- US forward Charlie Davies remained hospitalized in serious but stable condition Wednesday after suffering major injuries in a one-car crash early Tuesday morning.
The 23-year-old striker, who had been considered a possible US starter in next year’s World Cup at South Africa, will be hospitalized at least a week and with six to 12 months to recover is unlikely to play in the World Cup.
Davies broke two bones in his right leg and broke his left elbow, suffered a lacerated bladder and facial fractures in the 3:15 a.m. accident that took the life of Ashley Roberta, 22, and also hospitalized the driver, who has not been identified.
Davies underwent a lengthy surgery on Tuesday and will need more operations to repair his face and elbow.
The US squad, which clinched a World Cup berth last Saturday with a 3-2 victory at Honduras, was set to face Costa Rica on Wednesday in their last North American final-round qualifying match.
US Park Police are investigating the crash, a process expected to take several days.
Davies, who plays for the French club Sochaux, scored four goals in 17 matches for the US squad, including three goals in 13 games, nine of them starts, for the Americans this year.
In a statement on the team website, Sochaux club president Alexandre Lacombe said Davies is expected to be bed-ridden for some time.
"His life is not in danger, but he will be indisposed for a long time," Lacombe said.
"While the absence of Charlie Davies represents a great sporting loss, the thoughts of FC Sochaux are with Charlie, his family and those of the other victim in the accident."