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Last Updated: Friday, 23 May, 2003, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Beckham break confirmed
David Beckham
Beckham came off in the second half because of his injury
Tests have confirmed that England captain David Beckham broke the scaphoid bone in his right hand during Thursday's victory over South Africa.

The England captain was injured after a heavy fall in the first half and flew home with his arm heavily strapped.

He will now be in plaster for six to eight weeks but a Manchester United statement said he will be able to take part in the club's July tour of the United States.

"He will be coming back to Manchester to be reviewed," the statement said.

"He is likely to be in plaster for six to eight weeks. However, he will be fit for the pre-season tour of the USA."

WHAT IS THE SCAPHOID BONE?
It is a small bone in the wrist which connects to the thumb
Scaphoid fractures account for the majority of wrist fractures
The injury usually occurs as a result of a heavy fall and is common among sportsmen
Most scaphoid fractures are treated with a cast over most of the arm
Healing time can range from six weeks to six months depending on where the fracture happens
Scaphoid fractures are notoriously tricky to heal
Men are 10 times more likely to fracture it than women

Beckham would have missed England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia regardless of the injury because of a suspension.

A spokesman for the Football Association said: "David has suffered a fractured scaphoid, which is a bone at the bottom of the thumb leading into the wrist bone.

"He went to hospital after suffering the injury, had an X-ray and it has been confirmed that there is a break."

Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson expressed his regret at Beckham's latest injury.

The Swede said: "It is bad luck for him in what was his last game of the season.

"I'm sorry for him. I hope he will recover as quickly as possible and can have a normal life over the summer."

Beckham's misfortune comes just over a year after breaking the metatarsal bone in his foot ahead of the World Cup.






ENGLAND'S SUMMER MATCHES

ENGLAND 2-1 SLOVAKIA

ENGLAND 2-1 SERBIA & M

SOUTH AFRICA 1-2 ENGLAND


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