David Beckham returns to playing soccer!

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Good news for all the Los Angeles Galaxy fans, as well as all the David Beckham fans! Beckham has been activated from the Los Angeles Galaxy’s disabled list.

The MLS club made the long-awaited move Thursday. The English superstar is eligible to play in the Galaxy’s home game Saturday night against Columbus.

Beckham tolre his left Achilles tendon March 14 while playing on loan with AC Milan. He had surgery two days later.

Whether Beckham does infact play on Saturday, will not be only his decision. Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena will have a large say, and he is being ultra-cautious.

“He is a guy who likes to defy the odds,” Arena said. “When you say he can’t do something, then you get yourself in a lot of trouble. If it were up to Beckham, he’d have been playing three weeks ago.”

The probability, though, is that Beckham will return against D.C. United on Sept. 18 rather than against Columbus this week.

“I think he’s ahead of schedule,”Arena said. “Our original goal was to get him back on the field Oct. 1. That kind of injury is a difficult injury in a sport like soccer, with the kind of agility and power and explosiveness and endurance you need over 90 minutes. We just want to make sure he’s right when he comes back.”

Still, Beckham remains hopeful about playing Saturday.

“I think I could possibly be on the bench,” he said. “Fingers crossed, I’ll be on the bench. I think I could play some part of the game. Obviously, not having played for six months, it has to be a careful few minutes at a time. If I can play for 10, 15, 20 minutes, hopefully I can do that.”

Beckham has not played one minute in Major League Soccer this season — and, remarkably, only 41 games since joining the league in 2007 — the injury having occurred during the MLS preseason while he was with Milan.

The Galaxy, however, has managed to get by without its highest-profile and highest-paid player. The team is 13-5-5 and in first place in the West going into Saturday’s game, the same record as Columbus, which is in first place in the East.

I guess we will have to wait until Saturday to see for sure if Beckham plays!

Keep playing hard,

Cynthia

source: The Globe and Mail & The Los Angeles Times


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