LA Galaxy unconcerned by Beckham’s absence

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LA Galaxy unconcerned by Beckham’s absence

Yesterday, LA Galaxy started practicing for the first time in 2011. Every player in roster was there except 2; Jack McBean and David Beckham.

Jack McBean is a 16-year old prospect who was chosen by the club in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and chances are that the youngster won’t be contending for a starting XI spot at such a young age. But David Beckham is a key figure for LA Galaxy and has always been a critical part of the Los Angeles side since joining them from Real Madrid in 2008.

In the past 2 seasons, Beckham has never been with his side for the club’s pre-season training. Currently, the former England captain is training in his native country with Tottenham Hotspur in order to get himself ready for the 2011 MLS Regular Season as his team-mates from Galaxy are training almost half a world away from him.

But him not being around isn’t a worrying fact for the La players and they aren’t really concerned about his absence. Midfielder Landon Donovan beileives that he isn’t really worried about Beckham’s absence because he is pretty used to see Beckham not being around either because of injuries or because he’s away.  “This team knows how to gel quickly and David conversely does a good job of coming into the team. The expectation is to have him back relatively soon so we can have him soon,” added the USA international.

LA Galaxy officials are still unaware about the date of Beckham’s return but coach Bruce Arena believes that the midfielder will return in February for sure. 2008 has been Beckham’s only full season with the MLS side and only one of his 4 seasons in USA when he didn’t go out on loan. in 2009 and 2010, Beckham went out on loan to Italy with Serie giants AC Milan in order to improve his chances of making it into the national side. His last loan spell at AC Milan ended in heartbreak as an Achilles injury ended his season and his chances to be a part of the England squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  This January, Beckham was strongly linked to a move to the Premier League by joining Tottenham Hotspurs but it never materialized.

Landon Donovan believes that failure to get a loan spell would not have a negative impact on David Beckham because he is not the kind of person who would moan about things like these. “When he’s here, he wants to play, he wants to win. I’m sure the day he gets back here he’s going to be ready to go.”

It can be a good thing for Beckham to train with Tottenham as he will come back stronger in the MLS. Playing in his native England would definitely keep him in good shape and he won’t have much to catch-up on when he returns to LA Galaxy.


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