David Beckham is a major doubt for England’s forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers after he suffered a knee injury playing for LA Galaxy.
Beckham, 32, was taken off during the Superliga final with Pachuca after twisting his knee in a tackle.
“At this stage it’s hard to tell, but it doesn’t feel good,” said Beckham.
“A ligament strain is four to six weeks but we’ll have to wait for the results of the scan on Friday. If it is four to six, I won’t be flying to England.
Beckham has been struggling with asn ankle injury since arriving in the US last month.
“I went into the tackle a little light because of my ankle and tried to compensate for that,” he added.
“I’d have been better off not doing it at all. Maybe it’s a sign that I need a rest and don’t come back until it’s right.”
England meet Israel at Wembley on Saturday 8 September and then host Russia four days later.
Beckham had earlier been quoted as saying that if England reach the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland, he expects to be fitter than he has been in the previous two international tournaments.
Beckham told the Daily Express: “If we do qualify, I’ll be a lot more rested than people playing in the Premier League.
“That is a big advantage of being in the USA, where the fixture calendar is different. It’s also the advantage of the shorter season from April to October here.
“If we make it to the finals, I will be a lot fresher going into games.”