David Beckham is a major doubt for England's crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia after picking up a knee injury during LA Galaxy's latest match.
The former England captain appeared to jar his right knee in a challenge during the first half of the MLS club's Superliga final defeat by Mexican side Pachuca.
The 32-year-old limped off the pitch in pain and had his knee heavily bandaged after being immediately substituted.
Early indications suggest the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star - who needs just three caps to reach his international century - is likely to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
That means Beckham would miss England's home qualifiers with Israel on September 8 and Russia four days later.
On the club front he has already missed eight of Galaxy's 12 games since he arrived in Los Angeles in July.
Meanwhile, before suffering his latest injury, Beckham claimed he would be fitter than at previous tournaments should Steve McClaren's side reach next summer's European Championship finals in Austria and Switzerland.
"If we do qualify, I'll be a lot more rested than people playing in the Premier League," he told the Daily Express.
"That is a big advantage of being in the USA where the fixture calendar is different.
"It's also the advantage of the shorter season from April to October here.
"If we make it to the finals, I will be a lot fresher going into games."