Veteran England midfielder David Beckham has undergone surgery to repair the ruptured Achilles tendon which has ended his hopes of playing in the World Cup finals this summer.
The 34-year-old was injured during AC Milan's game against Chievo at the weekend and flew to Finland on Monday to have an operation.
Beckham's spokesman confirmed:"Following a scan, David Beckham's left Achilles was found to be ruptured.
"Professor Sakari Orava performed a successful operation today, repairing the tendon completely.
"David is expected to make a full recovery. Professor Sakari Orava will conduct a further examination on Tuesday, when a programme for rehabilitation will be finalised.
"David wants to thank everyone who has given him messages of support – it meant a lot to him."
Professor Orava added after a 50-minute procedure:"The operation went smoothly and nicely.
"It is difficult to say how long the recovery period will be, but I would guess it will be three or four months and for example for running – it usually takes four or five months until one can do it properly."