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Beckham out until probably September

The latest on David Beckham's Achilles' tendon injury, which will sideline him until probably September:

Associated Press Writer

TURKU, Finland (AP) -- David Beckham's left Achilles' tendon was totally torn, and the doctor who performed the surgery said the England midfielder is expected to be out of action for about six months.

"He is doing well and the operation lasted just under an hour. It went very well," Dr. Sakari Orava said after the operation at the Mehilainen clinic in Turku, southwestern Finland. "He will have to take it very easy during the next two to three weeks or a month, and then he will continue with a recuperation program slowly. The foot won't take much strain for two to three months."

Orava also said it would be "four months to running" and another two months before playing.


Beckham spokesman Simon Oliveira said the tendon was completely repaired, and he expected the 34-year-old midfielder to play again. "David is expected to make a full recovery," Oliveira said.

The former England captain was injured in the closing minutes of AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo Verona on Sunday. He was on his second loan to the Italian club from Major League Soccer's Lox Angeles Galaxy.

Orava said Beckham planned to spend the night at the clinic and likely will leave Finland on Tuesday. A statement from AC Milan said Beckham will remain under observation for a few days.

"Tomorrow, Professor Orava will give his prognosis, and a precise rehabilitation plan will follow," Milan said.

Using crutches, Beckham hobbled out of a private jet at Turku airport in southwestern Finland and left in a Mercedes. Just minutes later, he arrived at the clinic surrounded by security guards amid cheers from hundreds of fans who had gathered outside the entrance.

"I am upset but [want] to thank everyone for their messages of support," Beckham said in a statement posted on his personal Web site before his arrival. "I hope to make a swift and full recovery."

The injury shattered Beckham's hopes of becoming the first English player to appear in four World Cups and put his future on the national team in doubt. He will miss most of the MLS season.

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
Categories:  Beckham , England , MLS  
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Finland? Reindeer placenta.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 15, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Knowing that steroids are a major risk factor for achilles rupture and that Becks had a late career resurgence, any chatter in media circles that he was juicing?

Posted by: nm_powder | March 15, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Late career resurgence? What are you talking about?

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | March 15, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

That's disgusting.

And I'm not referring to the placenta.

Posted by: Reignking | March 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

time to re-do the galaxy schedule, and load up sept & oct with at least 10 games for LA. Other then that, I hope he retires so LA can sign Henry.

Posted by: alespar415 | March 15, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Repeat after me Corticosteroids are not Anabolic steroids.

The only thing you'd get from taking excessive amounts of corticosteroids are gynecomastia (man boob's), weight gain and osteoporosis.
Risk factors associated with Achilles tendon rupture include the following:

Recreational athlete (weekend warrior)
Relatively older age (30-50 y)
Previous Achilles tendon injury or rupture
Previous tendon injections or fluoroquinolone use
Abrupt changes in training, intensity, or activity level
Participation in a new activity

Posted by: delantero | March 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Was this the same tendon that he injured against Portugal in WC 2006?

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | March 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Was this the same tendon that he injured against Portugal in WC 2006?

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud

Nope, 2006 was his right tendon this time it is his left

Posted by: emanon13 | March 15, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I remember reading about numerous cortisone shots in the Beckham Experiment. Is that the same ankle, and could that have been a factor?

Either way it sucks.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 15, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Hate to break it to you delantero, but anabolic steroids are a well documented risk for achilles rupture. Instead of searching on google for man boob's (gynecomastia), go to PubMed and read the many articles that document the association. And as for CAC...go watch film of Becks in 2006-2007 and then film in 2009 for Milan, definitely had a resurgence after under performing.

Posted by: nm_powder | March 15, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

careful, nm_powder. I hardly needed to use google for man boob's, I just think of Glenn Beck ....

By "well documented" then you don't mean in the common lit on UptoDate--which is where that list came from.

Shouldn't have meant to say anabolic steroids can't contribute to tendon rupture, but of the 11 abstracts that I read after your post via a PubMed search for "anabolic steroids and tendon rupture" don't make your case. And case reports of individuals hardly have the population power necessary to make bold claims.

Also, the first 11 abstracts I read, NONE of the relevant case reports were for ACHILLES tendon ruptures, but for individuals with biceps, triceps and pec tendon ruptures in bodybuilders.

And then there was this from one abstract:

"We conclude that anabolic steroids did not induce ultrastructural collagen changes that might predispose to tendon rupture in humans."

Cheers! Googleschmoogle.

Posted by: delantero | March 15, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Ergo, the anabolic steroid use in case reports of bodybuilders with upper body tendon ruptures may just be coincidental.

Tendon ruptures may have occurred within these patients b/c they were lifting too much weight for the muscle and had concurrent, pre-existing tendinosis.

Hold on, hold on, let me de google it.

Posted by: delantero | March 15, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Wait, wait. PubMed is not a Mediterranean-themed bar?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 15, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I have to commend your Glenn Beck comment. Well played. As for your brief research, I will have to respectfully disagree as there is quite a body of evidence supporting the contributing effects of anabolic steroids to tendon pathology. It is certainly your prerogative to conclude that the evidence is inconclusive, but I would submit that you did not know the evidence existed when you attempted to pontificate on corticosteroids vs anabolic steroids.

Posted by: nm_powder | March 15, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Bring it, don't sing it! :) If the population studies are there, I'm not afraid to look at them.

Fact is, most people don't know the difference and think their inhaled steroid for asthma is going to make them big. It was less of a comment on the possible connection between anabolic/cortico and tendons.

Anyways, cheers!

Posted by: delantero | March 15, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Did English keeper Peter Shilton play in four World Cups? I only ask because I think he was the oldest ever to play in the World least for England.

Correct me if I'm wrong, and I know you will.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 16, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Shilton's wiki page states that he played in three World Cups, even though his England tenure was 1970-1990. Despite having better things to do, I looked it up. He played in '82, '86, and '90. He was not selected in '70 and England did not qualify in '74 and '78.

Roger Milla (Cameroon) was the oldest player on the World Cup. You can look that one up yourself.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 16, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

nm_powder, it's time to stop blowing the white lines and getting back to reality...your insinuation of 'roid-use' tells much about your character and depravity.

Posted by: juke2 | March 16, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

nm_powder, your eyesight needs attention and your comment reveals a need for a 12-step re-discovery.

Posted by: juke2 | March 16, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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