David Beckham returns to action after six month absence

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David Beckham made his return to action for LA Galaxy on Saturday after six months out with a torn left Achilles tendon.

The former England captain had not played since rupturing his Achilles playing on loan for AC Milan in March – an injury that kept him from playing in his fourth World Cup.

Beckham came on as a replacement after 70 minutes of Galaxy's home win over Columbus Crew and received loud cheers, his entry bringing some fans at the Home Depot Center ground to their feet.

"I have been out injured for six months so right now it's a case of still getting my match fitness back," Beckham told reporters.

"I'm working hard and making good progress but we will have to see how many games I get, how many minutes on the field I can get before the squad is announced.

"Because with this type of serious injury you have to to take it one step at a time - and just playing again is a real big step forward for me."

He added: "The Galaxy coach Bruce Arena came up to me and said 'How about 10-15 minutes?'

"I said 'how about 20-25?' and luckily for me he met me in the middle. So I've had some time out on the field and I'm happy with that.

"To be honest I thought I could play the full 90 minutes but the truth is after 10 minutes I felt like I was dying.

"However, I came through that and I finished strong so I'm happy."

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