'Becks can easily play in three days'

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's president has offered the services of his spiritual healer and physician to help injured former England captain David Beckham get back on the pitch within three days.

Eliyantha Lindsay White, 37, President Mahinda Rajapakse's personal physician, said the former England captain had been invited for treatment involving "faith and ayurveda".

An official at the president's office said it had sent an invitation to Beckham to visit the island for traditional treatment after a string of Indian sports stars claimed they were helped by White.

"I am ready to treat him," White said. "His condition can be easily treated and within three days he will be able to go back to playing."

Doctors have ruled out Beckham playing for several months after the player ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier this month.

"His case is simple. I can treat him. He can play again," said White, who claims he has special "powers" that he uses, blended with traditional ayurvedic treatment practised in Sri Lanka and neighbouring India.

Star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar hit a record double century against South Africa last month and publicly thanked Rajapakse for giving him the services of White to treat his knee injury.

White has since treated three more Indian cricket players, including Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra.

White, who says he has had "special powers" since the age of 12, studied traditional medicine.

He has worked as Rajapakse's personal physician since 2005.

He says he does not charge for his services, but the request for treatment must come from the president. - Sapa-AFP