Saturday, March 08, 2008

Beckham back in training after knock

David Beckham resumed training on Saturday ahead of a friendly here after suffering a minor injury during LA Galaxy's Asian tour.

Beckham showed no signs of discomfort as he joined an eight-a-side game and delivered his trademark crosses in front of media at Hong Kong Stadium.

Beckham, 32, is using the tour to regain match fitness as he presses for a 100th England cap in the March 26 friendly against France.

He limped out of this week's match in Shanghai after 70 minutes with a right thigh problem but later confirmed he would play here.

Beckham's visit has been low-key compared to his 2003 trip here with Real Madrid. Some 80 percent of tickets for Sunday's match remain unsold, a report said.

"This is the Galaxy, not Real Madrid," Hong Kong Football Association Brian Leung told the South China Morning Post.

Dozens, rather than hundreds, of fans greeted Beckham at the airport on Thursday and only two supporters were seen outside Saturday's closed training session.

However Beckham caused havoc in Shanghai when hundreds of fans and media descended on a hospital where he was visiting leukaemia patients.

During last year's visit to New Zealand, 15,000 schoolchildren watched him train. Beckham was also targeted by a stalker, a report said.

Source: AFP

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