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Becks Blasts Turf, Injury Critics

L.A. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham completed a full practice at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on Thursday before the Galaxy's clash with D.C. United, but remained vague about his chances of playing. "It's looking up," Beckham said of the ankle injury that's kept him sidelined for the last three weeks (with the exception of a brief cameo against Chelsea July 21). "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully I'll get out there playing soon."

U.S. audiences are definitely getting restless about the Beckham No-Show, which already includes Toronto and could include D.C. and then New England. The only reason Beckham may play against D.C. is because RFK has natural grass, unlike Toronto and New England. "As a professional athlete, you can't play a game like soccer on that sort of field," Becks said of artificial turf, which four the league's teams play on. "What it does to your body as a soccer player, you're in bits for three days after that."

The fact that RFK has grass will be a "huge" factor in the player's decision to play or not. And the decision will be his, despite the added pressure of yet another sellout crowd. "I can't really apologize for being injured because that's just the way of life in any sportsman's career," Beckham said, adding that he wasn't willing to risk another five weeks out with injury for 10-20 minutes on the field against D.C. "I'm doing everything possible to get fit, and that's all I can say."

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