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.