England manager Fabio Capello confirmed on Monday that David Beckham is expected to miss the World Cup after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon. The 34-year-old former England captain was hurt in AC Milan’s 1-0 win over Chievo.
Capello said he had spoken to the midfielder and it was now likely he would miss the showpiece event this summer.
“We have to wait for the results of the scan, but it looks like he is out of the World Cup,” said Capello.
“I spoke with him after the game on Sunday night to offer my support. David is a great professional and has worked very hard to be ready for the World Cup, so missing it will be a big blow.”
Beckham pulled up in pain during Milan's game without coming into contact with anyone else and limped distraught to the sidelines for treatment. He will be operated on at the sports injury clinic of Mehilaeinen hospital in Turku, Finland.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said that the player will be out for “probably five or six months”.
Beckham, desperate to feature in Capello's England squad for South Africa and play in a fourth World Cup finals, twisted his left ankle during the final minutes of Sunday's match.