Mr. Beckham we have some good news and bad news, which would you like first?
The surgeon who operated on David Beckham’s ruptured Achilles tendon has deemed the procedure as “a success”.
The severity of the injury means Beckham could be out for up to six months, said surgeon Sakari Orava, ending his 2010 World Cup hopes.
The 34-year-old was aiming to represent England in a fourth World Cup but was injured playing for AC Milan on Sunday.
Beckham’s spokesman said the midfielder was expected to make a full recovery from the 50-minute procedure.
The former England captain, who is in his second loan stint with AC Milan from LA Galaxy, suffered the injury in the final minute of Milan’s win over Chievo.
“Following a scan, David Beckham’s left Achilles was found to be ruptured,” said the player’s spokesman.
“Professor Sakari Orava performed a successful operation today, repairing the tendon completely.
“David is expected to make a full recovery. Professor Sakari Orava will conduct a further examination on Tuesday, when a programme for rehabilitation will be finalised.
“David wants to thank everyone who has given him messages of support – it meant a lot to him.”
Orava, who carried out the 50-minute procedure, said: “The operation went smoothly and nicely.”
Asked whether Beckham would be able to play in the World Cup that starts on 11 June, Orava replied: “No, I don’t think so… healing takes a long time.
“It is difficult to say how long the recovery period will be but I would guess it will be three or four months and for example for running it usually takes four or five months until one can do it properly.” (BBC Sport)
So there you have it, there really is no chance David Beckham will make it to the World Cup. His surgeon stating that “it takes four of five months to be able to run” kind of ends the speculation given that at the very least a footballer should be able to make it from point a to point b by the process known by many as walking (or running). So its hard to know by what standards the operation was a success and it does appear that the former Man United man may have kicked his last professional football.
I don’t think England fans need to feel that any chance of a World Cup success is in any way harmed by the loss of David Beckham, after all he would at the very best be an option to bring on towards the end of games and certainly not a starter.
LA Galaxy will of course be very hopeful that Becks will return to MLS duty at some stage but no doubt they will have insured against the possibility of an injury such as this, if not they could have a problem on their hands.