Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Beckham injury not serious

David Beckham limped out of Los Angeles Galaxy's latest friendly in China, but insists the injury "is nothing serious".

The former Manchester United winger set up a goal as Galaxy eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Shanghai-Hong Kong United in Shanghai although he was substituted with 20 minutes of the match remaining.

"I got a kick in my leg the first half just in my thigh, and I felt it start stiffening up during the second half, so obviously the manager decided to bring me off," Beckham said. "It's only precautionary, it's nothing serious."

Beckham has been dogged by injuries since he left Real Madrid to join the American club in July, playing only 310 minutes due to a lingering ankle problem and a sprained right knee. The 32-year-old midfielder reported to the Galaxy camp with a swollen left ankle, only to injure his knee in Galaxy's SuperLiga final against Pachuca of Mexico last August.

Beckham is in China on Galaxy's three-city Asian tour that began in Seoul, as he fights to prove his fitness to Fabio Capello. The England manager left him out of England's friendly with Switzerland last month, a game that would have given Beckham his 100th cap.

Source: The Times

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