Thursday, January 28, 2010

Move Over, Brian McBride

US Soccer fans know that Brian McBride was ridiculously tough, and also had the misfortune to have some truly odd ailments. He played bloodied, he came back from broken cheek bones, and on the pitch, he often received elbows:

Combine that with the weird lump he got that he had to get surgery on? Remember those? The one under his pit, like he had contracted some weird less deadly form of the bubonic plague? He came back from those, too. Of course, it turned out that even that was caused by collisions on the soccer field--a couple of shots to the same area had given him a blood clot.

But Charlie Davies is proving to be an even freakier healer. It's been less than four months since he was in that car crash that resulted in more serious injuries than most of us will have in a lifetime.

Ives Galarcep discusses the amazing recovery at ESPN:
Just how amazing? The multiple broken bones in his leg, face and elbow have healed. So has a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and he has recovered from bladder surgery, which left a foot-long scar on his stomach. He has regained the 15 pounds he lost after enduring six surgeries following the crash, and is days away from undergoing his final surgery associated with the accident, a procedure to remove a bone, plate and screws from his left elbow. After a week to recover from that surgery, Davies expects to be back training with Sochaux by the end of February.

That is unbelievable. I won't even get in the procedure where they took off his face so they could get to the facial fractures, or that he's already hitting the Bellagio on occasion.

1 comment:

Muumuuman said...

Does he have claws that extend from his knuckles?