The Galaxy’s season went from merely horrendous to catastrophic late this afternoon when they received the official medical diagnosis: removal of the Beckham cash-making machine.
Wait, no make that a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee, discovered after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed by team physician Dr. Ronald Kvitne at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
So that’s eight games and out for Beckham (five MLS, two SuperLiga and one World Series of Football).
That’s in addition to the left ankle injury he has nursed ever since picking it up June 6 playing for England.
He’s missed three of the Galaxys last six league games and all three in the opening round of SuperLiga.
By the time he returns the MLS season will almost be over and England’s future in Euro 2008 decided.
The only MLS games left after you count six weeks out: the Red Bulls at the HDC Oct. 18 and Oct. 21 in Chicago.
He’ll also miss an Oct. 3 friendly against the Vancouver Whitecaps that’s being heavily promoted.
Here’s the reaction from the BBC.
Updated 8 a.m. Friday: Galaxy beat writer Billy Witz has more on the $10,483.87 per minute man. (Yes, he did the math).
You can check out how Beckham sustained his latest injury plus see the rest of the Galaxy-Pachuca highlights below.