A stress fracture in the spine could keep David Beckham out of the Sounders match, but the Galaxy make sure to properly report it this time.
Los Angeles made sure to avoid another fine this week, adding Beckham's name on the injury list as "questionable." The Designated Player didn't travel to Colorado on June 18 because of back spasms, which the Galaxy failed to report.
The 36-year-old spoke to the league's website about his persistent back problems.
"It's a slight stress fracture in the spine," he said on Friday. "It's the same kind of rehab as if I had a disc problem or some kind of back problem. I've done a lot of rehab over the last 10 days, two weeks. It's just about getting my core strength right so hopefully it holds up."
Beckham missed the June 25 encounter with the San Jose Earthquakes and likely won't return in time to face Seattle Sounders FC in a big July 4 matchup.
"The pain 10 days ago was bad," Beckham said of when the injury flared up. "I hate missing games, I hate missing trainings. It's been a miserable couple of weeks."
As the 36-year-old ages, he's spent more "miserable" time on the sidelines. A torn Achilles tendon kept him out of the 2010 World Cup and most of that MLS season. However, he has contributed steadily in 2011, starting 14 games of a possible 19, scoring one goal and leading the team with seven assists.
"I don’t know whether it's an old injury, a new injury. It's one of those things that’s just flared up," he said. "But like I said, it's not a big problem. I'm back out with the guys training so it's getting better."
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