AC Milan's David Beckham leaves the pitch after being injured against Chievo during the Italian Serie A soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan March 14, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)
HELSINKI, March 15 (Xinhua) -- David Beckham's Achilles' tendon surgery was completed successfully on Monday evening and everything went well, his surgeon told Finnish media.
According to the report, the operation lasted 50 minutes and finished at around 7 pm local time. The operation went smoothly, said Finnish orthopaedist Sakari Orava, who conducted the operation at Mehilainen clinic in Turku, southwestern Finland.
Orava said to local media Monday evening that Beckham's Achilles' tendon was completely torn and it has been repaired, adding that Beckham will stay the night at the private clinic and will possibly leave there on Wednesday.
Orava was asked whether David Beckham would be able to play in this year's World Cup. Orava said: "no, I don't think so.... healing takes a long time."
Beckham's foot will be in a cast for around six to eight weeks, after which he can start physiotherapy.
Beckham hurt in AC Milan's 1-0 Serie A win over Chievo at the San Siro on Sunday evening. Experts said that injury in Achilles' tendon always takes three to five months to recover.
Therefore, the injury is expected to keep Beckham out of the World Cup starting in June in South Africa.
Injured Beckham arrives in Finland for surgery
HELSINKI, March 15 (Xinhua) -- England soccer player David Beckham has arrived in Turku, Finland on Monday afternoon for surgery on a torn Achilles tendon.
Finland's world-class orthopaedic surgeon Sakari Orava is to perform the surgery later Monday on Beckham, who was hurt in AC Milan's 1-0 Serie A win over Chievo at the San Siro on Sunday evening.
Beckham's World Cup dream seems over with Achilles' tendon tear
ROME, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Former England captain David Beckham's World Cup dream seemed battered on Sunday when he tore left Achilles' tendon in AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo in the Italian top-flight soccer league.