David Beckham’s surgeon Sakari Orava has confirmed that the midfielder is recovering well as he prepares to leave Finland.
Beckham underwent Achilles tendon surgery on Monday after suffering the injury playing for Milan on Sunday.
It was subsequently confirmed that Beckham would miss this summer’s World Cup finals.
“He is recovering fine, he has been walking with crutches,” said the specialist.
“He can move around a little bit more every day. (His recovery) is as expected.”
Orava has recommended that Beckham does not fly back to America immediately.
He explained: “I said maybe it is not wise to fly over the Atlantic right now, to stay somewhere for 2-3 days. But the risk is small.
“Maybe he has an island paradise somewhere.”
Beckham, who will travel to London to begin his rehabilitation, expressed his gratitude to Milan and their fans.
“I want to thank from my heart all the Rossoneri,” Beckham said on the club’s official website. “The club, the doctors, my team-mates and the fans.
“I have appreciated so much all the messages I have received after the injury, they are of great help and support.
“I truly thank you, the members of Milan for what they have done for me.
“I have read the many messages from the fans, I thank them one by one.”