David Beckham faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines
August 31st 2007 05:30
It appears the round trip around the world coupled with playing a handful of tough matches with an ankle at less than 100% has finally caught up with the 32 year-old David Beckham.
The England star suffered a sprained knee during the SuperLiga final against Pachuca when he went in for a tackle with Pachuca midfielder Fernando Salazar and limped off in the 30th minute. The Galaxy, without their talisman, eventually lost 4-3 on penalties.
"I went into the tackle a little light because of my ankle and tried to compensate for that," Beckham said. "I'd been better off not doing it at all."
"It's just gone from one thing to another thing,'' he added. "Maybe it's time for me to just say, 'I need the rest,' and get it right and don't come back until it's right.''
Sprained knee injuries typically rules a player out for 4-6 weeks, which means Beckham will surely miss the crucial Euro 2008 double qualifiers against Israel at Wembley on Saturday 8 September and then Russia four days later.
His presence will be sorely missed by both England and LA Galaxy.
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