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Beckham ruled out of England games

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  • David Beckham will be sidelined for six weeks because of a knee injury
  • Scans have revealed that he has suffered sprained medial collateral ligament
  • The injury will rule Beckham out of England's two Euro qualifiers in September
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LONDON, England -- David Beckham will miss England's two European Championship qualifiers in September after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, which will sideline him for six weeks.

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Beckham has been beset by injury problems since his switch to the LA Galaxy.

Beckham, who has been struggling with an ankle injury, hurt his knee in LA Galaxy's Superliga final defeat to Pachuca on Wednesday.

A scan revealed the full extent of the damage, which will keep Beckham out of England's matches against Israel on September 8 and Russia four days later.

The injury could mean the loss of Beckham for the remainder of the Los Angeles Galaxy's Major League Soccer season as well. The midfielder was hurt in the 30th minute of the Superliga final, which Pachuca won 4-3 on penalties.

Beckham could be available for England's October 13 Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia.

That is also the date for a Galaxy home game against Toronto. The club will host New York five days later and play a season-ender at Chicago on October 21.

The Galaxy, already a Major League Soccer-worst 3-10 with five drawn, are 13 points behind Colorado for the last Western Conference playoff berth and look out of contention. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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