David Beckham is expected to make his long-awaited return to the LA Galaxy at home to the Columbus Crew on September 11. Buy LA Galaxy v Columbus Crew Tickets
The 35-year-old, who tore his Achilles tendon while playing for Milan during the winter has not been expected to return to the Galaxy until next week.
In an interview on the Galaxy web site Beckham had this to say about returning to MLS:
“The doctors’ original date was Oct. 1, but I always kind of said I want to be ready before then. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hopefully will play in part of the game here against Columbus. I’ll be on the bench, and hopefully I’ll get on the field for 15-20 minutes. That’s what I’m looking at.”
Beckham participated in his first full training session with the club on Aug. 11 and has gradually increased his work load, joining in with the rest of the squad in more and more of the training exercises. He said he is feeling better and better, although he admitted his fitness level “is like being in preseason.”
“At the moment, you have good days and you have bad days. You wake up with a lot more pain in your body when you’re in preseason. I have to do it because I need to get as close to match fitness as possible. It’s a bit difficult because when you don’t play in games; that’s where you get the real fitness from. But I’m doing what I can in the gym and what I can on the field, just trying to get strength back in my leg. It kind of kicks you up the backside when you realize you can’t do certain things. Working out was something I’ve done for the last 25 years, and to not being able to do it was tough for me.”