Los Angeles Galaxy coach Frank Yallop is confident David Beckham will feature in Wednesday's SuperLiga game against DC United after the former England captain missed the 1-0 defeat by New England Revolution with an ankle injury.
Yallop admitted after yesterday's defeat that Beckham has suffered a setback in his recovery from the injury which has dogged him since his arrival in the United States in early July.
Beckham was not fit enough to make the substitutes' bench, leaving the Galaxy with only 17 players.
Beckham made his MLS debut against DC United on Thursday, but the 21 minutes he played at RFK Stadium caused his left ankle to swell up.
'We spoke to the physio this morning with David and he felt it flare up after Thursday's game,' said Yallop. 'The ankle was sore on Friday. He felt that he didn't want to risk it so we decided not to play.
'I think the 20 minutes against DC United have set him back.'
Beckham's injury was also made worse by the flight from Washington - a bad sign as the Galaxy prepare for the long haul trip back to California ahead of the DC United clash.
However, Yallop is hopeful of having Beckham available for the game in some capacity.
'We're hoping that having a day off today will make it better for Wednesday, so we'll see,' he said. 'We are flying again tonight and hopefully by Tuesday morning he'll feel a lot better. The day off today helped him. It is sore. We're trying our best to get him back as soon as possible but we've got to make sure it's not done at the wrong time.'
Yesterday's defeat means the Galaxy have collected only one point from a three-game Eastern road trip.
However, Yallop insists there are no regrets over the decision to bring Beckham east rather than let him rehabilitate in Los Angeles.
'The whole team is here, the whole medical staff,' he said. 'He felt that he could get into the games by now. He's still not 100% but I think being with the team is important for him.
'There's disappointment but it's reality. We can't get him out there for just 20 minutes because we might set him back, but I do feel for the fans because they're excited to see him play and so are we. We just have to make sure we do the right thing by him.'