Beckham’s World Cup Data HK KO’ed in Italy
Beckham.David Beckham looks set to miss out on the 2010 World Cup after tearing his Achilles tendon playing in A.C. Milan’s 1-0 win over Chievo in Serie A today.
The England international pulled up in the 87th minute at San Siro today and hobbled off, claiming he heard his tendon snap and felt his calf muscles spasm. He was carried off on a stretcher, with the nightmare of missing the World Cup unfolding before his eyes.
Recovery from an Achilles rupture to being able to run is from 6-8 weeks following the operation Beckham will have tomorrow, but the proximity of the finals in under three months means a call-up of an unfit Beckham for the World Cup is now Data HK extremely unlikely. The most probable scenario is of Beckham missing the World Cup but making a return to MLS later this season.
The will-he, won’t-he saga of Beckham’s once unlikely journey to a fourth finals had looked set to end happily with a place in Fabio Capello’s final squad, but his road to South Africa now seems to have finally run out of gas. His attempt to break Peter Shilton’s England appearances record also looks to have bitten the dust, ten games short. Perhaps the most celebrity of England footballers has even played his last game for the Three Lions.
Becks’ World Cup debut age 23 in France ’98 was a colourful one – after initially having been dropped in favour of Teddy Sheringham, the young Manchester United star played a leading role in England’s campaign, supplying the pass for Michael Owen’s wonder goal against Argentina before getting himself sent off for retaliating against Diego Simeone. Beckham’s expulsion forced England into a rearguard action for the rest of the second-round clash, lost …