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Beckham could play limited role for Galaxy against Bulls

17 October 2007 23:36

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Los Angeles Galaxy are hopeful that England star David Beckham can return to the lineup for Thursday's Major League Soccer game against the New York Red Bulls.

"He would be a pretty valuable substitute I would think if he's available for our team," coach Frank Yallop said. "We know the quality of David and what he brings to the team, so if he is feeling good and we want to do it, we will."

After taking on New York, the Galaxy travel to Chicago to face the Fire in an all-important season ender that could decide a playoff spot.

The Galaxy are in a playoff tussle and they need to win, or at least draw, against the Red Bulls to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Gallop said it would be ideal if Beckham could get a little playing time against New York.

Beckham has been sidelined since August 29 with a knee injury suffered in the Galaxy's SuperLiga final loss to Mexican club Pachuca.

The Galaxy hoped at the time that Beckham's injury would not keep him out for the rest of the season. He returned to full training earlier this month.

"We are going to wait until David trains and then make a decision," Yallop said. "We are hoping that he will be on the bench but it could be that I've got to wait until Sunday."

In Beckham's absence, the Galaxy have won five straight games, putting themselves back on the fringes of the playoff picture.

They are four points behind Chicago and Kansas City with a game in hand in the race for the final berth.

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