Surgery goes well for Becks

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."

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