David Beckham could return to the Galaxy bench before the end of the season.
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Beckham to return to Galaxy next week

HOUSTON — In the aftermath of the All-Stars' loss to Manchester United on Wednesday, and just a day after his Galaxy were thumped at home in a Champions League qualifier, Bruce Arena's summer could be looking up.

MLS All-Star coach Arena told reporters that David Beckham's rehabilitation is on schedule and that the DP midfielder could return to the team as early as next month. For starters, he'll be back in Los Angeles next week.

"I believe there’s a chance he can begin training by the end of August," Arena told reporters following the All-Star Game. "At this point in time, there’s no way to predict whether he’ll be able to play this year or not.

"If you ask David, I think David would say yes, but certainly we need to be real smart about moving this forward."

Beckham ruptured his left Achilles tendon while on loan to Italian club AC Milan back in April. The injury forced him out of the World Cup picture and placed his 2010 MLS season—and perhaps his career—in doubt.

"Certainly we need to be real smart about moving this forward," Arena said. "There’s a possibility he could play toward the end of the MLS regular season, but at this point in time it would be difficult to say yes or no."