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Thursday, 11 April, 2002, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Beckham's race against time
Beckham's broken foot will take six weeks to heal
Beckham's broken foot will take six weeks to heal
BBC Sport Online looks at the timetable of David Beckham's injury and the games he will miss as he recovers from a broken bone in his foot.


APRIL

2nd: Beckham is stretchered off in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final between Manchester United and Deportivo La Coruna.

6th: He is still recovering from a bruised ankle and does not play in the 1-0 win over Leicester in the Premiership.

10th: Beckham is back in the starting line-up for the Champions League second leg but limps off in the 15th minute after a challenge by Deportivo's Pedro Duscher. It is later disclosed he has broken a bone in his foot.

17th: (one week after injury) England line up at Anfield for a World Cup warm-up friendly against Paraguay.

20th: Manchester United head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the Premier League.

24th: (two weeks after injury) Champions League semi-final first leg.
Beckham and England physio Alan Smith
Beckham and England physio Alan Smith
Manchester United face Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford.

27th: Ipswich entertain the Red Devils at Portman Road.

30th: (three weeks after injury) Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen fight out the second leg of the Champions League semi.


MAY

5th: Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford as the league nears its climax.

7th: (a month after injury) Sven-Goran Eriksson names his provisional England squad for the 2002 World Cup.

11th: Manchester United's final game of the domestic season against Charlton Athletic.

13th: England squad fly to Dubai for a week's training in the sun.

15th: (five weeks after injury) Champions League final at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

20th: (six weeks after injury) England squad fly to Jeju Island, Korea's largest island, for final World Cup preparations.

21st: Fifa deadline for final squad announcements and England play warm-up friendly against South Korea on Jeju Island.

England lost to Argentina on penalties in 1998
England lost to Argentina on penalties in 1998

26th: (seven weeks after injury) England take on Cameroon in Kobe in their final warm-up match.

31st: The 2002 World Cup begins with holders France taking on Senegal.


JUNE

2nd: (two months after injury) England play Sweden in their first match of the World Cup finals in Saitama, Japan.

7th: The eagerly anticipated group match between England and Argentina at Sapporo, Japan.

12th: England's final group F match against Nigeria in Osaka, Japan.

30th: World Cup final.

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