Charlie Davies returns for Sochaux

Updated: February 11, 2012, 9:32 PM ET news services

American striker Charlie Davies made his return for Sochaux after an absence of more than two years in the 1-0 loss at Rennes in the French league.

Davies came on in the 78th minute as a replacement for Abdoul Camara, and shot off target with two minutes left.

He had not played for Sochaux since Oct. 3, 2009, at home against Le Mans. Ten days later, he was a passenger in a car accident in which another passenger died. Davies was left with two broken bones in his right leg, a broken and dislocated left elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on the brain.

"I want to thank you all for your support!" Davies tweeted. "It means a lot to me. Disappointed with the loss but today was very encouraging."

Davies was loaned to D.C. United of MLS last year, scoring 11 goals in 26 games.

Elsewhere Saturday, Olivier Giroud's league-leading 16th goal helped Montpellier beat Ajaccio 3-0 to take the league lead. Montpellier is even on points with Paris Saint-Germain, which visits Nice on Sunday, but leads on goal difference.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.