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Beckham in doubt for Barca game due to ankle injury

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MADRID, Mar 26 (Reuters) David Beckham may not be fit for Saturdays league game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp after aggravating a bruised ankle in training today.

''Just kicking the ball is really painful,'' said the England captain. ''I've had an anti-inflammatory injection and ice, but I'll just have to give it a bit of rest and see how it is.

''We will just have to see what the swelling is like and if goes down or not. The pain is the problem. I hope I'll be able to play though,'' he told reporters.

Beckham sustained the injury when he was kicked on his right ankle in Sunday's 4-0 victory over Deportivo Coruna.

Real will almost certainly be without centre-back Jonathan Woodgate due to back pain as he recovers from a thigh injury that has kept him out of action for the last month.

Real, who are 11 points behind Barcelona in second place in the Primera Liga, lost 3-0 to the Catalans at the Bernabeu earlier this season.

Reuters DH RS2010

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