Bellamy setback as knee scan rules Rover out of last two Wales qualifiers

Craig Bellamy received some reassurance from a scan on his injured left knee yesterday afternoon but the Blackburn Rovers striker is out of Wales’s two World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.

Bellamy underwent a scan in Leeds after limping out early from Blackburn’s Premiership win against West Bromwich Albion last Saturday. Authentic Prada Factory Outlet Online Authentic Prada Milano Handbags The 26-year-old has a history of knee and shin problems and was apparently distraught on Saturday night that the jarring he felt on landing at Ewood Park could even mean surgery.

But while yesterday’s scan revealed some damage there is no need for an operation and if Bellamy’s rehabilitation is successful then he should be back in two to three weeks.

Confirmation of Bellamy’s absence from the Wales squad will not be unexpected to the manager John Toshack but it is a significant blow.

Ben Thatcher’s Authentic Prada Bags For Sale Philippines rift with Toshack widened yesterday after claims that the manager accused Bicester Village London Prada the Manchester City defender Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Shoes Sale of being too «scared» to play for his country in last month’s World Cup match in Poland. Thatcher has made himself unavailable for the game in Belfast on Saturday and in Cardiff against Azerbaijan next Wednesday.

Thatcher said: «The manager has questioned my commitment and credibility in public and I feel I have no choice but to defend myself and tell the truth. The manager said I was scared of reprisals following the clash in Cardiff last October when I was banned for the incident with the Polish midfielder Kamil Kosowski. Nothing could be further from the truth than to say I was scared. I have never bottled anything in my life and I am not going to start now.

«I would have absolutely relished a battle in Poland, that’s a major part of my game. Above all I will not be spoken to by anyone in the manner he spoke to me on the Authentic Prada Nylon Messenger Bag phone, the whole tone was in a taunting fashion accusing me Are Prada Trainers Made In Vietnam of ducking out of the game and asking why I was doing that. I am not a player who fakes injury, I have played strapped up and with pain-reducing injections. I hope this issue can be resolved and that is why I have never said I will retire.»

Maik Taylor missed Northern Ireland’s first training session last night, having visited an osteopath in England earlier in the day. But the Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez was relaxed about Taylor’s non-appearance and is confident the Birmingham City goalkeeper will be fit for Saturday’s game against Wales.

«We knew Maik was going to be late in today. James Quinn and two of my coaches have also been caught in air traffic but Bicester Village Prada Discount Maik is OK and we’ll see him later,» said Sanchez.

After Taylor’s inspired performance against Arsenal at Highbury on Sunday his presence in the team and squad would have been missed greatly and there were similar doubts about David Healy, the man who scored the goal that Authentic Prada Shoes For Sale Are Prada Mens Shoes Worth It defeated England last month.

But Healy trained as normal at a session attended by hundreds of spectators revelling in the aftermath of the victory against England. If the Irish were to follow up that win, having beaten Azerbaijan five days earlier outlet, they will go to Austria next Wednesday with a chance of finishing third in the group.

That target barely registered at the beginning of the campaign when Northern Ireland lost their first qualifier 3-0 at home to Poland but their improvement produced mini-mania in south Belfast yesterday.

«The boys are blown away by the reception,» said Sanchez, «They are buoyant and we have to keep that buoyant feeling going. What we don’t want is for us to go out and get spanked by Wales on Saturday. It’s important that we finish the campaign on a high, especially at home.»

That at least should be an easier task now that Bellamy will definitely not be involved on Saturday.