Bellamy left out by Speed

Striker's ongoing knee problems taken into account by Wales boss

Bellamy: Knee problems

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Craig Bellamy will not feature for Wales in February's Nations Cup match against Republic of Ireland after manager Gary Speed decided to omit the striker.

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The Cardiff forward, who is on loan from Manchester City, has an ongoing knee problem which restricts the number of games he can play in.

Bellamy is set to feature in a crucial game for Cardiff against fellow Championship promotion rivals Swansea on Sunday, two days before Wales' game against the Republic in Dublin on 8th February.

Speed said: "I am sure everyone is aware of Craig's situation and it would be wrong of me to ask him to play on Tuesday after playing on Sunday. The last thing we want is players going back to their clubs injured."

Tottenham star Gareth Bale was not considered because of a back problem, but West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon is back in the squad after reversing his decision to retire from international football.


Another Cardiff loanee, Aaron Ramsey, returned to the squad for the first time since the Arsenal man suffered a broken leg last season, while Freddy Eastwood has also been drafted back in.

Speed said of Ramsey: "I'm delighted he's available. He is really relishing the challenge and the Ireland game might come at the right time for him.

"He is hopefully one of the cogs in the wheel that will make us successful. He's one of those players who can change a game."

But new national boss Speed has been unable to talk Fulham midfielder Simon Davies out of retirement.

He added: "Simon said he was tempted but at the moment he wants to concentrate on his Fulham career and I respect that totally. Obviously Simon is a quality player but I totally respect his decision."

Wales squad in full:

J Brown (Blackburn), W Hennessey (Wolves), B Myhill (West Brom); D Collins (Stoke), J Collins (Aston Villa), N Eardley (Blackpool), D Gabbidon (West Ham), C Gunter (Nottingham Forest), C Morgan (Preston), S Ricketts (Bolton), A Williams (Swansea); A Crofts (Norwich), D Edwards (Wolves), A King (Leicester), J Ledley (Celtic), A Ramsey (Cardiff), D Vaughan (Blackpool); S Church (Reading), R Earnshaw (Nottingham Forest), C Evans (Sheffield United), F Eastwood (Coventry), S Morison (Millwall), H Robson-Kanu (Reading).