Beckham 'doubtful' for Galaxy's DC Untied clash

August 8, 2007

David Beckham stepped up his training in Washington DC today but is still classified as 'questionable' to make his MLS debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy against DC United tomorrow night.

After three weeks of deep tissue massage as part of his rehabilitation from ankle ligament damage, Beckham began running at the weekend and since arriving in the American capital from Toronto yesterday has begun kicking footballs.

'It's getting better,' Beckham said of his ankle during a press conference in Washington today.

'It's improving every day. A lot of people, including myself, want it to improve quicker.'

Galaxy spokesman Justin Pearson later said: 'David crossed some balls yesterday and today, just light stuff and he's still questionable.'

What will be in Beckham's favour of making the Galaxy squad is that tomorrow night's game at RFK Stadium is being played on natural grass rather than the artificial FieldTurf surface used by Toronto FC at their BMO Field.

Beckham missed Sunday night's 0-0 draw in the Canadian city and, ahead of the game with Washington he told reporters: 'I think it's a huge factor that it's on grass instead of FieldTurf.

'That's one thing that should change about the league. Every team should have grass.'

DC United, unlike weekend opponents Toronto, have natural grass, and that might increase the odds of Beckham making his MLS debut tomorrow night.

The England midfielder added: 'I think it's a huge factor that it's on grass instead of FieldTurf.

'Hopefully I'll play some part of it.'