Beckham hopeful of LA Galaxy return next week

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Los Angeles, Oct 5:  David Beckham is expected to return to action for the Los Angeles Galaxy next week after an extended layoff through injury, the club said today.

LA Galaxy president Alexi Lalas said the England international had started light training this week after spraining a ligament in his right knee in late August.

''We are hopeful he will play a part in the next two home games -- not this weekend but the following weekend,'' Lalas said at a soccer symposium in Los Angeles.

''But if for one instant, we feel he is physically or mentally not 100 percent ready, he will not play for us nor will he play for England,'' Lalas added.

Midfielder Beckham joined the LA Galaxy in July, mid-way through the Major League Soccer (MLS) season on a five-year contract which could potentially earn him a reported 250 million dollars, mainly from endorsements.

But because of a nagging ankle injury, he played only 310 minutes in six games for Galaxy before spraining his knee on August 29.

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