The much-hyped arrival of the U.K. soccer hero fizzles after he hurts his knee

By Jessica Herndon
August 30, 2007 09:20 PM

Time to mend it like Beckham.

David Beckham, the British soccer import who seems to have spent more time on the trainer’s table than the field, will now be out for about six weeks with a sprained ligament in his knee, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday.

The midfielder, who previously nursed an injured ankle that cost him playing time, got the bad news after he underwent an MRI exam and was evaluated by the Galaxy’s team physician. Beckham now begins rehab on the knee.

In a note on his Web site, Beckham said, “I’m incredibly disappointed to be injured again so soon after returning to play for the Galaxy.”

During the 30th minute of play in the Galaxy vs. CF Pachuca Superliga final at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday evening, Beckham suffered a fierce tackle on the left corner of the field. He went down hard and stayed down.

All in the stadium were on their feet as Beckham, 32, signaled to the bench for assistance. He limped to the sideline as a substitute stepped onto the field to fill in.

With the score tied 1-1, Beckham hobbled back onto the grass in the second half of overtime play. “I had to get back out there to cheer on the lads as much as I could,” he said after the game.

The Galaxy later lost in a penalty-kick shoot-out.