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Surgery goes well for Becks

16 Mar 2010 - 08:07:52

Veteran England midfielder David Beckham has undergone surgery to repair the ruptured Achilles tendon which has ended his hopes of playing in the World Cup finals this summer.

The 34-year-old was injured during AC Milan's game against Chievo at the weekend and flew to Finland on Monday to have an operation.

Beckham's spokesman confirmed: "Following a scan, David Beckham's left Achilles was found to be ruptured.

"Professor Sakari Orava performed a successful operation today, repairing the tendon completely.

"David is expected to make a full recovery. Professor Sakari Orava will conduct a further examination on Tuesday, when a programme for rehabilitation will be finalised.

"David wants to thank everyone who has given him messages of support - it meant a lot to him."

Professor Orava added after a 50-minute procedure: "The operation went smoothly and nicely.

"It is difficult to say how long the recovery period will be, but I would guess it will be three or four months and for example for running - it usually takes four or five months until one can do it properly."


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