Beckham poised to miss World Cup – your views
David Beckham’s dreams of playing in a fourth World Cup look to be in tatters after the England midfielder ruptured his Achilles tendon in AC Milan’s 1-0 win over Chievo on Sunday.
Club doctors have said he is all but ruled out of June’s tournament in South Africa and will fly to Finland for an operation on Monday.
The 34-year-old, England’s most capped outfield player, went back on loan to Milan from Los Angeles Galaxy chiefly to safeguard his World Cup place.
Even though he has only been a substitute of late, Fabio Capello will miss his experienced head. How badly would his absence affect England?
Admittedly Capello is spoilt for choice on the right wing with Walcott, Wright-Phillips, Milner and Lennon ( if fit) also in recent squads. Might the loss of Beckham actually make it easier for Capello to find the right balance in the 23?
Second-placed Milan are just a point behind Serie A leaders Inter Milan with 10 games left. Beckham has not been in great form but with Alessandro Nesta also set to miss the rest of the season, the Rossoneri are suddenly short of bodies and experience.
Thoughts turn to what Beckham does once he is fit. The plan is to return to Galaxy but missing the World Cup could change his priorities.
PHOTO: AC Milan’s David Beckham leaves the pitch after being injured against Chievo during the Italian Serie A soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan March 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo