Beckham to Return Next Weekend?

Major League Soccer’s original DP, David Beckham (remember him?), has targeted the LA Galaxy’s September 11 home game against the Columbus Crew for his return to action from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered last March while playing on loan for AC Milan.

Following surgery on the injury last spring, Beckham’s doctors set October 1 as his return date, but the industrious 35-year-old winger is on target to make it back before then.

He returned to full training with the Galaxy on August 11, and has been gradually increasing his workload.

“Hopefully, I will play in part of the game here against Columbus,” he told the Galaxy website. “I’ll be on the bench, and hopefully I’ll get on the field for 15-20 minutes. That’s what I’m looking at.”

The recent rash of designated player signings has overshadowed Beckham’s once-ballyhooed presence in the league, but let’s not forget, Beckham played in the MLS title game last season, and was a critical part of LA’s stretch run.

Now, he’s poised to rejoin a Galaxy team in desperate need of a spark: After starting the season 10-0-2, Los Angeles has gone 3-5-2 and seen its Western Conference lead over Real Salt Lake cut to three points.

If all goes well, Beckham could be rounding into match-fitness just in time for LA’s home game on September 24—when Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and the New York Red Bulls come calling.

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