It really is that quick.
The severity of the injury has prompted speculation that Beckham’s career could be over, but before the operation the former England captain’s spokesman insisted: “This is not the end of his playing career as has been suggested.
“Even if David does miss the World Cup, he is aiming to play [with LA Galaxy] towards the end of the Major League Soccer season.”
England coach Fabio Capello, who has yet to finalise his squad for the World Cup, said Beckham would be a loss for the finals in South Africa.
“David is a great professional and has worked very hard to be ready for the World Cup, so missing it will be a big blow,” he said.
In 2006, Beckham suffered an Achilles injury during England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat by Portugal but recovered in time to play for Real Madrid in their first game of the Spanish season eight weeks later.
AC Milan coach Leonardo commented: “Beckham’s injury makes us feel terrible. He understood immediately that he had torn his Achilles tendon.
These are the breaks. This ends his quest to be capped for four FIFA World Cups and it will change his career.