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Beckham scores but is injured in Milan draw

David Beckham hopes an abductor injury which cut short his most impressive performance so far for AC Milan on Wednesday night does not turn out to be serious.

The England midfielder asked to be replaced in the 71st minute of his side's 1-1 draw with Genoa after scoring the opener with a stunning free-kick in the first half, but is still confident of being fit to face Lazio on Sunday.

''It's the abductor. We'll have to see how it is tomorrow,'' said Beckham.

''I felt it before the game and then again just before half-time. I got to 20 minutes in in the second half and I felt it a little bit more.

''It's painful, but hopefully I will be fit for the game at the weekend.''

Under the watchful eye of England coach Fabio Capello, Beckham scored his second Milan goal with an angled free-kick in the 33rd minute, which endeared him even more to the Rossoneri fans.

Earlier Beckham revealed that he is torn between the "dream" of making his loan move to Milan permanent and his contractual obligations to Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy.

His goal on Wednesday night looked destined to win the game for Milan, but Diego Milito's late equaliser ensured Genoa took a share of the spoils.

However, he claimed the appearance of Capello at the San Siro had not influenced his performance.

''I haven't spoken to him, but I know he was at the game because I read it in the papers,'' he said.

''I think I was more concentrating on playing the game and playing well for the team.

''The most important thing is that I concentrate on my game here and my fitness and then if I get into the England squad, then great.

''Everybody knows how much playing for my country means to me.''

By dropping two points against Genoa, Milan lost further ground on league leaders and city rivals Inter Milan.

They now trail Inter by eight points and Juventus by two, but Beckham insists there is still all to play for in Serie A.

''I enjoyed the game, but I am disappointed we did not win the game,'' he added.

''With Juventus losing, the points would have been really good tonight. But it's not over yet.

''When I was in Manchester, we were 15 points behind but we came back and won the championship so anything is possible.

''We have got to start winning games and put pressure on Inter and Juventus.

''There are still some very big games coming up.''


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