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Beckham injury mars late Milan victory

David Beckham's World Cup is now in doubt after suffering a potentially serious injury playing for Milan against Chievo.
David Beckham's World Cup is now in doubt after suffering a potentially serious injury playing for Milan against Chievo.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Clarence Seedorf scored a last minute goal to give Milan 1-0 win over Chievo
  • The result sees Milan close to within one point of Inter at the top of Serie A table.
  • David Beckham is substituted with an Achilles injury leaving his World Cup in doubt

(CNN) -- David Beckham suffered an Achilles tendon injury before Clarence Seedorf scored in the final minute to give AC Milan a 1-0 win over Chievo on Sunday, a result that moved them to within a point of leaders Inter at the top of Serie A.

Veteran England midfielder Beckham hobbled off the pitch in tears, reaching down to nurse his left heel, with TV network Sky Sports Italia reporting that he had suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon injury.

If that proves to be the prognosis, it would leave Beckham's hopes of appearing for England at this summer's World Cup finals in tatters.

One sports physician has said Beckham has no chance of playing in the World Cup in South Africa, according to the Press Association.

"It's remotely possible he may be running in three months," said Dr Tom Crisp. "The chances of him being fit to play for England are non-existent."

Beckham's injury soured Milan's eventual win, achieved with just 10 men as all three substitutes had already been deployed before the former Manchester United midfielder was forced to limp off.

One of those substitutes, Seedorf, was to score the only goal of the game, firing home a superb long-distance strike.

"This was an important victory, but this injury prevents us from really enjoying it. It's an important injury and we need to be able to judge how serious it is," Milan coach Leonardo told Sky Sports Italia.

This was an important victory, but this injury prevents us from really enjoying it.
--Leonardo

The win means Milan move to within a single point of leaders and city rivals Inter at the top of the table.

Elsewhere, Juventus managed to waste a three-goal advantage, with all their goals coming in the opening 10 minutes, to draw 3-3 at home to Siena.

Alessandro del Piero netted two of Juve's goals, but Abdel Kader Ghezzal also hit a double for the visitors to leave Juventus coach Alberto Zaccheroni stunned.

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