Beckham targets MLS return

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham watches his team's MLS soccer match against the New York Red...

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham watches his team's MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey August 14, 2010. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

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CARSON, Calif. -- Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham, who has been out all season after he tore his left Achilles tendon on Mar. 14 while playing for AC Milan, is nearing his return to Major League Soccer.

"The doctors' original date was Oct. 1, but I always kind of said I want to be ready before then," Beckham told the Galaxy's official website. "I'll keep my fingers crossed and hopefully will play in part of the game here against Columbus (on Sept. 11). 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."

The 35-year-old England international, who first got back on the field with the Galaxy in his first full training session on Aug. 11, is hopeful of making an impact soon for an L.A. team that has lost three of its last four league fixtures.

"I still obviously have to be careful," Beckham said. "I've had people looking after me, trying to get the strength work done. I really can't wait to get back out there. I always set a target of when I first did it I was trying to get back before the six months was up. Hopefully I can do that."


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