Beckham in 'good spirits'

2010-03-16 12:27
Helsinki - Former England captain David Beckham was in "good spirits" and will be up on crutches on Tuesday following surgery to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon, his surgeon said.

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"The patient is doing well and is in good spirits," orthopedic surgeon Sakari Orava said by telephone. "Today, we will practice walking with crutches."

Beckham twisted his left ankle during the final minutes of an AC Milan Serie A game against Chievo on Sunday and limped off the field before being stretchered away in pain and in tears.

The 34-year-old midfielder flew to the western Finnish city of Turku in a private plane on Monday for an operation at the sports injury clinic of Mehilaeinen hospital.

Orava said Beckham's leg would be in a cast for three-to-four weeks and in a support for around the same length of time.

"Talk of training and playing is pure speculation," Orava said.

After the surgery on Monday night Orava said there was "no chance" Beckham would recover in time to play for England at the World Cup, which kicks off in South Africa on June 11.

Beckham will stay in Finland until Wednesday before flying home to Los Angeles, likely through England, Orava said.

"I recommended him not to get on a long flight to fly across the Atlantic straight away," Orava said, adding this was advice he gave all his patients after such surgery.

Beckham's spokesperson Simon Oliveira confirmed the footballer's wife Victoria would arrive in Finland on Tuesday to be with her husband, but Orava said he was not aware of her schedule or of any plans for her to visit the hospital.
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