Soccer

Beckham out 4 weeks with knee injury

Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham could be sidelined for up to two months with a knee injury.

Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham will be sidelined for four weeks with a knee injury.

David Beckham (right) will miss up to four weeks of action for Real Madrid because of a knee injury. ((Denis Doyle/Getty Images))

Beckham, 31, hurt a ligament in his right knee during his team's 1-1 tie with Getafe on Sunday in the Spanish league. The Englishman was taken off the field in the 69th minute and did not return.

A scan on Monday revealed the extent of the injury.

Beckham's teammate Jose Antonio Reyes was also carried off on a stretcher in the first half after suffering the same injury to his left knee.

Beckham's injury "is serious, and the other could be something important. We will have to see," Madrid coach Fabio Capello said Sunday.

Beckham's injury comes at an inopportune time for Real Madrid. The Spanish outfit is scheduled to play German club Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday and then faces Spanish league rival FC Barcelona on Saturday.

Madrid beat Bayern 3-2 in the first leg of the second round of their Champions League series and sits fourth in the Spanish league standings with 44 points. Madrid trails first-place Sevilla by six points.

Beckham's injury also eliminatesany chance he had of returning to the England national team for a pair of European Championship qualifying games later this month.

The former England captain was dropped from the national team when new manager Steve McClaren took over after the 2006 World Cup. McClaren recently said that he might recall Beckham if he maintains his excellent form for Real Madrid.

In January, Beckham rejected a two-year contract extension with Madrid and instead inked a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. Beckham will join the Galaxy when his contract with the Spanish club expires in June.

He is slated to play in Canada against Toronto FC in August.

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