England ace David Beckham was in tears last night after he tore his left Achilles tendon, which is likely to rule him out for this summer’s World Cup.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was left heartbroken when he picked up the injury while playing for his loan club AC Milan in their home Serie A fixture against Chievo.
Beckham had to be stretchered off the field in the closing moments of yesterday’s game after holding his ankle in severe pain. He appeared to say to his team’s medical staff: “It’s broken. It’s broken.”
He is due in Finland today to have an immediate scan and undergo surgery. According to reports, the star is likely to be out for at least five months.
England coach Fabio Capello said in a statement: “We have to wait for results of the scan, but it looks like he is out of the World Cup.
“I spoke with him after the game on Sunday night to offer my support, as did Franco Baldini (Capello’s assistant).
“David is a great professional and has worked very hard to be ready for the World Cup, so missing it will be a big blow.”
Beckham was hoping to be selected as part of the 23-man squad for this summer’s FIFA World Cup, to be held in South Africa – his fourth consecutive World Cup campaign with England.
AC Milan team-mate Ignazio Abate told BBC Sport how upset the midfielder was after the game.
He said: “He’s not doing well. He was in tears in the dressing room, he wasn’t saying a lot. This has affected us all.”
There is growing speculation that this latest injury could see the end to the 34-year-old’s playing career. However no word on retirement has yet been mentioned from anybody.