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October 19, 2009
DeMerit has surgery, Gooch Wednesday, Davies improving

Here's an update from U.S. Soccer on two U.S. international central defenders, Oguchi Onyewu and Jay DeMerit, who will be sidelined for awhile and forward Charlie Davies.

Jay DeMerit underwent cornea replacement surgery on his right eye this in England Saturday. DeMerit plays for Watford.

Doctors will wait a few weeks to make sure the replacement holds before establishing a timeline on his progress.

Onyewu, who plays for A.C. Milan, will undergo surgery in Los Angeles to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee Wednesday.

The procedure will be performed by U.S. National Team physician Dr. Bert Mandelbaum. The details of the rehabilitation plan and the expected length of the recovery period will be determined following the surgery.

Onyewu suffered the injury in the 83rd minute of the Americans' 2-2 World Cup qualifying tie with Costa Rica in Washington, D.C. Oct. 14. MRI tests following the match confirmed the diagnosis.

Davies, who was hospitalized last week after suffering extensive injuries in a car Accident, is expected to have surgery early this week to repair a broken left elbow in Washington, D.C., according to U.S. Soccer.

Davies' condition continues to improve and he has been moved out of the intensive care unit at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., the federation reported. He has been able to receive and speak with visitors.
Davies might need operations to deal with his facial fractures that he suffered as a passenger in the one-car fatal accident.

Soccer fans can continue to e-mail their well wishes to Davies at

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