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Surgery goes well for Becks

16 March 2010 08:07
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."

Source: ESA