Stricken former England captain David Beckham has confirmed he will miss the entire Major League Soccer season through injury.
Beckham, 34, saw his World Cup dream go up in smoke when he ruptured his Achilles tendon while playing for AC Milan in March.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was hoping his second loan spell in Italy would persuade head coach Fabio Capello that he was still capable of playing at the highest level.
However, the move turned sour and Beckham has now revealed he will miss the rest of the MLS season.
"I won't be running for another three months so I will be playing again in, probably, November," he told ABC.
"This is an injury that will take time to heal, it is only six weeks after the surgery.
"I want to push it, but with this kind of injury you can't – you have to wait for it to heal and then move on.
"It is still repairing so I can't stretch it too much."
Beckham is still expected to head to the World Cup Finals in South Africa at the request of Capello in an ambassadorial role for the Three Lions.