Galaxy wait for news on Beckham's availability

August 14, 2007

Los Angeles Galaxy's medical staff will wait to see how David Beckham's injured left ankle reacts to another transcontinental flight before making a decision on his fitness for Wednesday's SuperLiga semi-final at home to DC United.

The midfielder sat out the Galaxy's 1-0 Major League Soccer defeat to the New England Revolution at the Gillette Stadium on Sunday having played 20 minutes the previous Thursday in Washington DC.

The former England captain's ankle swelled up as a result of the flight from Washington DC to Boston, and the fact that the Gillette Stadium has a synthetic playing surface contributed to the decision not to even name the him as a substitute.

Beckham and his team-mates endured a longer flight back to the West Coast and they will report for training tomorrow, after which the Galaxy will issue an update on the England midfielder's condition, according to club spokesman Patrick Donnelly.

With the Galaxy due back on the East Coast at the weekend to play MLS rivals New York Red Bulls, fans in the Big Apple are bracing themselves for a Beckham no-show.

The Red Bulls beat Toronto FC 3-0 at Giants Stadium on Sunday in front of 12,103, but the club has already sold 55,000 tickets for Saturday's visit of the Galaxy.

MLS officials, however, are satisfied that while the Beckham injury has been a case of unfortunate timing, it will not cause their strategic and marketing plans too much of a problem.

'We're still seeing a great deal of interest in David and the game over the weekend shows that,' said MLS spokesman Will Kuhns.

'And I think everyone is arriving at the stadium well aware of his injury and well aware of the possibility that he's not able to get in that game.

'In the realm of sports injuries he hasn't been out very long, since joining the Galaxy and there have been a couple of promising signs that it won't be long until he does (come back).

'So I don't sense any worry that there is a problem. Interest hasn't waned yet and it's been overwhelming up to now. Let's hope it continues.'