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Beckham doctor: Achilles' tendon totally torn
by Paul Kennedy, March 15th, 2010 5:12PM

TAGS:  england, los angeles galaxy


[MLS] Dr. Sakari Orava, the Finnish specialist who operated on David Beckham on Monday, said the English star's left Achilles tendon was “totally torn,” and he is expected to be out of action for about six months, meaning he's not likely to return to action with the Los Angeles before September.

Dr. Orava told the Associated Press that "the foot won’t take much strain for two to three months," meaning that the 34-year-old Beckham won't be available for the World Cup.

Hundreds of fans had gathered outside the Mehilainen Hospital in Turku, where Dr. Orava performed the operation.

He is considered one of the world's best tendon specialists. Two former AC Milan players -- Dario Simic and Giuseppe Pancaro -- went to Dr. Orava with tendon injuries.

Beckham received support from Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of our game and they are even more disappointing when they happen to a player who was so close to realizing his dream of representing his nation at this summer’s World Cup,” said Arena. “We will give David our complete support to make sure that he is able to get himself back to full health before he returns to the field. David remains an important player for the Galaxy and we look forward to welcoming him back to the club and assisting him in his recovery.”

The injury:

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