MADRID, Spain (AP) _ David Beckham could be out for up to two months after hurting a knee ligament during a Spanish League game last weekend, an injury that likely eliminates any chance of his being recalled to England's national team for European Championship qualifiers this month.
The 31-year-old midfielder injured a ligament during Real Madrid's 1-1 tie with Getafe on Sunday when his momentum following a cross took him into an advertising sign behind the goal. He limped off the field and was expected to have a scan of his injured right knee Monday.
Beckham agreed in January to a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy worth about $27.5 million in base salary, His contract with Real Madrid ends June 30, and the Galaxy had expected he would join the team in August.
Beckham was taken off in the 69th minute, 37 minutes after teammate Jose Antonio Reyes was carried off on a stretcher after hurting his left knee. Both will miss Wednesday's European Champions League game at Bayern Munich.