CARSON, Calif. -- Barring the unforeseen, David Beckham will play for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday night despite an appearance with England's national team and the long trip home.
"In some capacity, I would think, he would get on the field if he feels OK," Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said Wednesday. "He wants to be available and ready to go. Don't be surprised if he's starting; don't be surprised if he gets five minutes."
Beckham played the entire game Wednesday night in England's 2-1 exhibition loss to Germany at Wembley. The midfielder previously said he planned on returning to Los Angeles in time to play the MLS game against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center.
"He'll be traveling all night and turning up at 1 o'clock at LAX," Yallop said. "If he can get a snooze before he comes to the stadium, that will be good. But I've done that trip a few times when I played for Canada, and it's not easy."
Beckham has been bothered by an injured left ankle. He was hurt June 6 while playing for England against Estonia in qualifying for the European Championship. Since joining the Galaxy last month, he has played in four of the team's 10 games, starting twice and scoring one goal.
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