Beckham hopeful of September comeback

Updated: Aug 08, 2010, 10:49 AM IST

Los Angeles: English midfielder David Beckham said he hopes to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy in September even though doctors have projected he would not be healthy enough for a comeback until October.

The 35-year-old Major League Soccer superstar suffered a torn left Achilles’ tendon last March while on loan to AC Milan in a Serie A match against Chievo.

Beckham told the Fox Soccer Channel on Saturday that he saw a doctor on Saturday and he was given a prognosis for an October return.

“Two or three weeks before that,” Beckham said he told the doctors. “It’s just about getting strength back in my calf.”

At 12-3 with four drawn for 40 points, the Galaxy began the day with the best record and highest point total in the 16-team US league, which decides its champion in a November playoff.

The Galaxy play six of their final seven matches on their home pitch in September and October, but if Beckham can make an early recover, his debut could set up a showdown of superstars.

Los Angeles will play host to the New York Red Bulls, whose lineup now includes French star Thierry Henry, on September 24, and a Beckham return for that match would be a showcase event for MLS.

The Red Bulls are 8-6 with three drawn for 27 points, fourth-best in MLS.

Bureau Report