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Beckham on bench for Milan's Serie A return

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  • David Beckham on the substitutes' bench for Milan's Serie A game with Roma
  • The 33-year-old joined Rossoneri on short-term loan from Los Angeles Galaxy
  • Beckham due to return to United States on March 9 when the MLS resumes
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(CNN) -- David Beckham is set to be on the substitutes' bench for AC Milan's Serie A clash with Roma on Sunday, coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

Beckham will start on the substitutes' bench when Milan get their Serie A season back under way against Roma.

Beckham will start on the substitutes' bench when Milan get their Serie A season back under way against Roma.

The 33-year-old joined the Rossoneri recently on a short-term loan deal while his full-time employers, Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy, are in their close season.

Milan get their campaign back under way after their own winter break with a trip to the capital.

While Ancelotti had already stated that Beckham would make his Milan debut at the Stadio Olimpico, he announced on Saturday that the England midfielder will start as a substitute.

"Beckham is ready to play even if he has been out for two months," he told a press conference. "But it is therefore difficult to give him a starting spot tomorrow in the match against Roma."

Beckham is due to return to the United States on March 9 when the MLS season resumes.

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However, former LA Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas has expressed his fears the 33-year-old may be tempted to bring an early end to his time in the States in order to stay with Milan.

But while Ancelotti admitted he would be happy to have him, the coach does not see Beckham staying in Europe beyond the length of his loan spell. "He is ready to give an important contribution and we at Milan are happy he will be with us, if only for two months," Ancelotti continued.

"If then he wants to stay with us it would be great, but the contract he has with Milan is clear and I believe he will respect it."

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