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Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010

Beckham set to return from injury with Galaxy

LOS ANGELES (AP) Although David Beckham says his six months away from soccer have been the toughest times of his career, they only served to remind the English superstar just how much he still loves his sport.

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Fit for action: David Beckham was activated by the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday and may play in Saturday's MLS game against Columbus. AP PHOTO

The Los Angeles Galaxy activated Beckham from their disabled list Thursday. The midfielder hopes to appear as a reserve in the Galaxy's home game Saturday night against Columbus, although coach Bruce Arena says it's unlikely he'll play.

Beckham tore his left Achilles' tendon March 14 while playing on loan with AC Milan, undergoing surgery two days later on an injury that prevented him from playing in the World Cup. His recovery is slightly ahead of schedule, but Beckham feels he's ready to play again.

"Not playing for six months is tough," Beckham said after a workout at the Galaxy's training complex in Carson. "It's the first time it's happened to me. I've had injuries, but nothing that's kept me out for so long. It did make me realize how much I love the game, and I'm not ready to finish."

The 35-year-old Beckham thinks he could play for "quite a few more years," growing excited about the Galaxy's playoff push and the still-faint possibility of returning to the England team someday.

After several years of nearly nonstop play, Beckham indicated he's likely to decline a loan to AC Milan or another team in favor of a more relaxing winter.

"I need that — my body needs that," Beckham said. "I've been hitting it quite hard for the last couple of years, and this injury is because of that, so I think now it's time maybe for me to look at myself and look at my fitness."

Walcott sidelined

LONDON (AP) Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is set to be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

Walcott turned his right ankle in the buildup to Wayne Rooney's opening goal for England in a 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday and was carried off the field on a stretcher.

"The tackle looked quite bad," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Thursday. "When you see how it turned his ankle I thought it would be three or four days or it would be four to six weeks. Unfortunately it will be four to six weeks. We had some good news about the scan because at some stage we were scared it could be worse.

"But overall it is a question of patience and rehabilitation."

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