Friday, August 31, 2007

Beckham out of England qualifiers

David Beckham will miss England's Euro 2008 qualifiers in September with a knee ligament injury.

The 32-year-old is expected to be out for six weeks, meaning he will not return until mid-October.

England name their squad on Friday for matches against Israel at Wembley on 8 September and Russia four days later.

Beckham, who only recently recovered from an ankle injury, hurt his knee in LA Galaxy's Superliga final defeat to Pachuca on Wednesday.

The Galaxy lost the match to the Mexicans 4-3 on penalties.

After a scan on Thursday, the team said in a statement that Beckham had suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

It means Beckham faces a race to be fit in time for the culmination of the Galaxy's season.

Their last game of the regular season is on 21 October.

The Galaxy's website said: "Beckham was diagnosed with a sprained right knee and is scheduled to undergo further tests to determine the extent of the injury today but said after the match that he felt discomfort."

It added: "He now might miss some significant time for the Galaxy and England."

Beckham joins Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on the sidelines while Steven Gerrard is a doubt for the crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Source: BBCi

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At 6:11 pm, Blogger Paulsworld said...

This is bad!! I really feel for him cos' he wants to do his best by England and LA Galaxy and now he's gonna be on the sidelines for a couple of months. No doubt the critics will have a field day about this - waste of money, disappointment, all hype and no delivery - should I go on.

I just want to see their faces when Becks wipes their smug smiles off!!

Speedy recovery David!! :o)

At 2:57 pm, Blogger Rooney Magic said...

Hopefully England can qualify!

At 2:56 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back and forth, back and forth. Beckham is never going to be healthy. If you go to you can here his own thoughts **ON DEMAND**

At 12:27 pm, Blogger Paulsworld said...

I think the rush to get him playing for Galaxy so soon after the end of the Spanish season, especially with the ankle not at it's best, has been a disservice to both Galaxy and England.

Maybe Beckham would have been better starting for Galaxy a bit later in the season, even if it meant he only played for a few games. We will never know now.

So long as he gets better and is fit for future England games that's all that matters.

At 12:42 pm, Blogger peiyi said...

awwww...someone PLEASE comfort that guy! =(


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