David Beckham says he will not play on Sunday against Toronto FC.
The British soccer superstar made his decision after practicing with his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates on Saturday, at BMO Field in Toronto.
But the former England captain did reach a high note here in Canada.
"Today is the first time I ran," Beckham said with a smile. “Running straight forward is not a problem, but running corners is still a concern."
The former Real Madrid midfielder, however, politely apologized to all fans who bought tickets, and stated, "I am here for five years, not four or five games."
The highly publicized injury was explained to reporters as torn ligaments in his ankle which occurred during the last game of the season with Real Madrid.
Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Frank Yallop spoke about the controversial artificial turf in Toronto, and whether that would have been a deciding factor on playing Beckham against TFC.
Yallop said the playing surface would not alter his decision.
"If David were ready to play, he’d be ready to play on any surface. We’re not worried about the field; we’re worried about the team we’re playing."
Aside from the crush of reporters and television cameras following Beckham in Toronto, the Galaxy coach feels the hype is starting to mellow and sees Beckham settling in with the team.
"We can now start to concentrate on winning, and I think we have played better as a team since David’s arrival. He’s just one of the players now."
Beckham said he is about 10 to 12 days away from returning.