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Beckham is facing another layoff

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Beckham recently missed two games with a groin strain.

LONDON, England -- David Beckham could be out of action for three weeks after suffering a rib injury during Real Madrid's Spanish Primera Liga 1-1 draw against Barcelona last weekend.

The England captain feared a cracked rib but scans revealed severe bruising, the Sun newspaper reported Thursday.

"It's causing me a lot of pain," Beckham was quoted as saying.

"I really want to play but we'll see how the injury improves. I can't really do gym exercises because every movement bothers me."

The injury is Beckham's second in a month. He missed two games after suffering a groin strain against Arsenal at Highbury on March 8.

The 30-year-old midfielder also bruised his right ankle in last month's game against Deportivo La Coruna.

Beckham was sidelined for five weeks after breaking a rib in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in October 2004.

The World Cup finals kick off in Germany on June 9.

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