Broken Foot Benches UK's Beckham
Apr. 17, 2002
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LONDON (AP) _ England soccer star David Beckham calls his broken foot the ``biggest mental'' challenge of his career.
Beckham, 26, is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks and is touch-and-go to be ready when England begins World Cup play June 2.
``I haven't had a bad injury before,'' he said, speaking Wednesday on the Manchester United television network. ``It's difficult, but I've got to get on with it. I've had a few tests over my career, physically and mentally, and I've come through them quite well _ and this is just another one.''
``But there are a load of more important things going on around the world than my left foot.''
While playing in a Champions Cup game for United, Beckham heard his foot ``crack'' as he attempted to apply pressure to it after a tackle by Deportivo's Pedro Duscher. He said he held no grudge.
``I think it was a bad tackle, and people have been saying was it a coincidence he is Argentinian? But the player rang me up and apologized and said he didn't mean to hurt me, and I accepted his apology,'' he said.
Beckham said he doesn't expect to make the Champions Cup finals on May 15 if Manchester United advances.
``If we did get through to the final then maybe there'd be a chance, but that's my heart speaking and not my head,'' he admitted. ``I might recover quicker than I think, but realistically, no.''
Beckham has been the subject of front-page coverage since the injury, with many English fans believing he is the key to any success the country will have in the World Cup.