AC Milan have revealed that David Beckham has broken his left achilles tendon, and will be out for a minimum of three months, thus ending his Serie A season and ruling him out of the World Cup barring a miracle.
Both coach Leonardo and vice president Adriano Galliani confirmed the news after the game, with Beckham leaving San Siro on crutches, and the player himself has since spoken of his disappointment.
The midfielder suffered a crack in the foot in the closing stages of Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo on Sunday night.
Beckham pulled up in the centre circle under no pressure with just minutes remaining and immediately signalled to the bench, hopping towards the touchline on his healthy leg before collapsing to the floor in agony.
The 34-year-old was close to tears as he was treated for at least five minutes on the touchline, and the bad news of a broken achilles tendon has now been confirmed.
Becks infamously almost missed out on the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan after breaking his metatarsal close to the tournament.
It will take an absolute miracle for Beckham to go to South Africa as he is not expected to be back until the middle of June, at which point the tournament will have already begun.