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Beckham "feeling positive" after surgery in Finland

David Beckham says he is "feeling positive'' following surgery on his Achilles tendon.

The England midfielder was operated on in Finland on Monday by surgeon Sakari Orava after picking up an injury playing for AC Milan at the weekend which will rule him out of the World Cup.

"I'm feeling positive and now concentrating on getting back to full fitness over the coming months,'' Beckham said on his website.

"The operation was a success and I'd like to thank Dr Orava and all the medical staff who looked after me during my time in Finland. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their messages of support, they mean a lot to me.''

Beckham, who will be 35 in May, is expected to be out of action for five months. Beckham's spokesman said he was expecting to make a full recovery following the successful operation to repair his tendon but the player's surgeon said he could be out the game for five months.

Orava told Sky Sports News: "It's really a big programme and we will go through the details later with a physiotherapist, and then he will get the programme and try to follow it as closely as possible.''

Regarding the length of time Beckham faces on the sidelines, Orava stressed around six months was the likely lay-off. "It is always so in a normal athlete but in a top-level (athlete) it is difficult to say, sometimes sooner, sometimes later,'' he said. "He's been walking today and resting, and maybe tomorrow (he will go) home to London.''

There had been speculation the injury could end Beckham's career, but England manager Fabio Capello last night suggested he could add to his 115 caps in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Beckham had been playing in Italy with Milan on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy largely to maximise his chances of playing in South Africa this summer.

The former England captain also received a message of support from Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister's spokesman confirmed. "The Prime Minister has indeed sent him (Beckham) a message,'' the spokesman said.

"He emphasised what a tremendous ambassador Mr Beckham is for English soccer and wishes him well in his recovery, as I think the whole nation does.''

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