"The surgeon who has operated on David Beckham has said it will be four to five months before he is able to even run again, ending all hope of a place in England's squad for the World Cup finals" this June in South Africa, ESPNsoccernet reports.
But, the soccer superstar, who tore an Achilles tendon last night during a match in Italy, may play again this year. The BBC writes that Becks' spokesman says "he is aiming to play (with LA Galaxy) towards the end of the Major League Soccer season."
Surgeon Sakari Orava told ESPN that because Beckham suffered a complete tear, the best to hope for at this time would be a return to the Galaxy sometime before the end of its season in October.
As the BBC adds:
"Former Manchester United star Beckham, England's most capped outfield player with 115 appearances, was bidding to become the first England player to feature in four successive World Cup finals. He shares the record of three with Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton."
The Associated Press filed this video report earlier: