Beckham recovering well

Midfielder given all-clear to leave Finland

Beckham: Recovering well

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David Beckham's surgeon Sakari Orava has revealed that the midfielder is recovering well as he prepares to leave Finland.

Beckham underwent Achilles tendon surgery on Monday after suffering the injury whilst in action for AC Milan over the weekend.

It was later confirmed that Beckham would not be able to recover in time for this summer's World Cup.

The operation was deemed a success and Orava insists there have been no setbacks over the past 48 hours.

"He is recovering fine, he has been walking with crutches," said the specialist.

"He can move around a little bit more every day. (His recovery) is as expected."

Beckham is expected to leave the city of Turku, dubbed 'the centre of the world' by local media once it emerged he would seek treatment there, later on Wednesday.

Orava is happy for Beckham to move on but has recommended that he does not fly back to America immediately.

He explained: "I said maybe it is not wise to fly over the Atlantic right now, to stay somewhere for 2-3 days. But the risk is small.

"Maybe he has an island paradise somewhere."

Thanks

Beckham, who will travel to London to begin his rehabilitation, is grateful to Milan and all their fans who have helped him through a difficult time.

"I want to thank from my heart all the Rossoneri," Beckham said on the club's official website. "The club, the doctors, my team-mates and the fans.

"I have appreciated so much all the messages I have received after the injury, they are of great help and support.

"I truly thank you, the members of Milan for what they have done for me.

"I have read the many messages from the fans, I thank them one by one."