LA Galaxy's Beckham feared worst over ankle knock

England midfielder David Beckham feared he had severely damaged his ankle during LA Galaxy's 5-3 loss to Sydney FC at Telstra Stadium.

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Beckham's ankle collapsed under him on the greasy surface in the exhibition match, before the injury was compounded by Sydney midfielder Brendon Santalab sliding into his legs.

The 80-000-strong crowd, here largely to see the former Manchester United and Real Madrid man in action, waited for around a minute before he limped back into action.

He finished the half strongly, scoring from a trademark free-kick from around 25 yards shortly before the break before playing out the full game.

He said: "I was worried at first because I felt as if I'd twisted my ankle again and done the same thing injury I had on the last game of the season with Real Madrid," he said.

"It wasn't as bad - it just caught under the guy that slid in.

"It's all part of the game. It's fine."

Asked why he refused to leave the field, Beckham said: "I always try to stay on whether I'm injured or get kicked in games.

"It's part of the game and I'm quite a stubborn person and when I want to play and when I want to stay on there's not many people who can convince me to come off.

"I was happy to stay on the whole game. I wanted to play.

"So many fans turn out and they expect you to perform and to be out there for as much time as possible."

Galaxy fell 3-0 behind before Beckham and Edson Buddle pulled goals back to make it 3-2.

Further goals to Robbie Middleby and Iain Fyfe pushed Sydney ahead 5-2 before Landon Donovan scored a consolation goal for LA at the death.

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