No David Beckham at the World Cup!

David Beckham’s dream of playing in a fourth World Cup was brought to an end by an Achilles tendon injury. The LA Galaxy star who is on-loan to AC Milan ruptured his Achilles tendon during AC Milan’s match against Cheivo on Sunday. The midfielder pulled out of the centre circle whilst under no pressure from the opposition just two minutes from time. He hopped on his healthy leg to the touchline and after several minutes of treatment was carried to the dressing room on a stretcher in tears as he mouthed  “its broken, its broken” to the crowd.

The England international has already undergone surgery in Finland and his surgeon Sakari Orava confirmed that the operation was a success. When asked about the possibility of David Beckham being able to play in this year’s World Cup Mr Orava said, “No, I don’t think so….healing takes a long time,” he said. Beckham’s foot will be in a cast for around six-eight weeks, after which he can start “more vigorous” physiotherapy.

Due to the severity of the injury it was speculated that David Beckham’s career would be over, however, his agent Simon Oliviera inisited, “This is not the end of his playing career – as has been suggested.”
“Even if David does miss the World Cup, he is aiming to play [with LA Galaxy] towards the end of the Major League Soccer season.”

England coach Fabio Capello, who has yet to finalise his squad for the World Cup, said Beckham would be a loss for the finals in South Africa. “David is a great professional and has worked very hard to be ready for the World Cup, so missing it will be a big blow,” he said.

David Beckham had really been hoping to be included in the England World Cup squad and his loan stints in Milan were a deliberate and most observers believe successful attempt to showcase his talent and match-turning abilities to the England manager. This latest injury just adds to the many heartbreaks suffered by David Beckham at previous World Cups. He was sent off in England’s match against Argentina blamed for England not winning the World Cup in 1998, in 2002, he was still recovering from a broken metatarsal in his foot and 2006 he had to retire hurt after  sustaining a tear in his right Achilles tendon. Later, Beckham tearfully resigned from the England captaincy.
Beckham on his website said that he was upset but thanked everyone on for their messages and that he hopes “to make a swift and full recovery”.

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  1. It’s so painful and pathetic, that the most celebrated english player will not be in the world cup except if miracle happens. I personaly like Becks for his humility, hardwork and resoluteness, he has achieved virtualy all the fame and honour in club football apart from personal honour

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