Beckham aims for World Cup

LONDON: A top sports professor claimed he could heal crocked David Beckham in time for the World Cup.

Becks'' hopes of making the England squad for South Africa in June looked over after he tore an Achilles tendon while playing for AC Milan on Sunday.

But Greg Whyte who helped fix Golden balls'' metatarsal injury before the 2002 World Cup said massive doses of collagen in pill form could dramatically speed his recovery.

Ex-World Championship pentathlon silver medalist Prof Whyte has used collagen, a protein, to aid tissue regeneration in the past.

Pentathlon teammate James Greenwell feared his career was over after rupturing an Achilles tendon in 1994. But he was running in 22 days and three months later did a personal best. Prof Whyte, once injury adviser to Manchester United, runs a business selling collagen.